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Thursday 15 August 1974

It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Natasha Henstridge and Gry Bay. In that special week of August people in US were listening to The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace. In UK When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees was in the top 5 hits. The Longest Yard, directed by Robert Aldrich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974 while The Cia And The Cult Of Intelligence by Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Autoverleih Pistulla. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Gran Trak 10 or Rebound.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Longest Yard

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter

Country: United States

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Starring: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber

Country: United States

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The Way of the Dragon

Directed by: Bruce Lee

Starring: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao

Country: United States

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Flesh Gordon

Directed by: Michael Benveniste

Starring: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins

Country: United States

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Gone in 60 Seconds

Directed by: H.B. Halicki

Starring: H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, Jerry Daugirda

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

Autoverleih Pistulla

Starring: Eva Brumby, Oliver Collignon, Robert Fitz, Imo Heite

Soldier and Me

Starring: Richard Willis, Gerry Sundquist, Constantine Gregory, Richard Ireson

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Van Oekel's Discohoek

Starring: Dolf Brouwers, Jaap Bar, IJf Blokker, Gerard Schiering

Country: Netherlands

The Little Doctor

Starring: Peer Schmidt, Erika Dannhoff, Max Mairich, Willy Leyrer

Now You See It

Starring: Jack Narz, Johnny Olson, Gene Wood

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 15 August 1974 ?

  • Hawaii ? Toro Nagashi (Floating Lantern Ceremony) to commemorate the end of the second world war
  • Poland ? Polish Armed Forces Day
  • Eastern Orthodoxy ? Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, the commemoration of the death of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
  • RC Saints ? Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus, Holy Day of Obligation. Public Holiday in: Austria, Belgium, Cameroon, Chile, C(te d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, East Timor, France, Greece, India, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia and Spain.
  • Acadie ? National Day
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Famous Deaths:
  • Hurricane / floods ravage Bangladesh, 4,000 killed
  • Longest team (six) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours (52 days)).
  • South Korean President Park Chung-Hee escapes assassination.
  • Yuk Young-soo, First Lady of South Korea, is killed during an apparent assassination attempt upon President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee.

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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1974?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Jack Nicholson -- Aug. 12, 1974
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8395
  • Time: The Vote to Impeach. House Judiciary Committee chairman Congressman Peter Rodino


Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks ?

The Cia And The Cult Of Intelligence

By: Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks

What is the CIA really up to? What does it do and why? No other element of the U.S. government is so lapped in mystery, no other is quite so plainly

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Winter Kills

By: Richard Condon

In WINTER KILLS, Richard Condon probes one of the most significant events in America's 20th century: the assassination of a president.

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The Dogs Of War

By: Frederick Forsyth

#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers an international thriller that takes readers into the darkest hearts of men and nations… In a remote corner of the impoverished African republic

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The Snare Of The Hunter

By: Helen MacInnes

Irina Kusak’s recently divorced husband, Jiri Hrádek, is a high-ranking official in the Czechoslovakian secret police: cruel, ambitious, utterly ruthless.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Gran Trak 10

Gran Trak 10

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Atari



Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shooter Gun game



Platform: PLATO network

Genre: Shooter games


Platform: Arcade

Genre: sport

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Platform: Arcade

Genre: Military strategy

Publisher: Kee Games

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