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Wednesday August 16, 1972

US date format: 8/16/1972, UK date format: 16/8/1972

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 16, 1972). The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Emily Robison and George Stroumboulopoulos. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan. In UK School's Out by Alice Cooper was in the top 5 hits. Blacula, directed by William Crain, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972 while O Congress by Donald Riegle with Trevor Armbrister was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The David Steinberg Show. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Hunt the Wumpus or Empire.
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Directed by: William Crain

Starring: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Country: United States

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Directed by: Krishna Shah

Starring: Joan Hackett, Robert Klein, Scott Jacoby, Jeanne Tanzy Williams

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Grave of the Vampire

Directed by: John Hayes

Starring: William Smith, Michael Pataki, Lyn Peters, Diane Holden

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Directed by: Mike Hodges

Starring: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott

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Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Directed by: Gene Saks

Starring: Alan Arkin, Sally Kellerman, Paula Prentiss, Renée Taylor

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The David Steinberg Show

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Greenwich Village

Directed by: Laura Archibald|

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The Midnight Special

Starring: Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer, Tina Turner

Country: United States


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Historical Events

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  • RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
  • USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
  • Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
  • Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944
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Famous Deaths:
  • 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • Philip Potter appointed Secretary General of World council of Churches
  • In an unsuccessful coup d'etat attempt, the Royal Moroccan Air Force fires upon Hassan II of Morocco's plane while he is traveling back to Rabat.

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

O Congress

By: Donald Riegle with Trevor Armbrister

Here is an unprecedented portrait of Congress-an institution Riegle cosiders important enough to dare tell the truth about.

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The Terminal Man

By: Michael Crichton

From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a neurological thriller about the dangers of cutting-edge medical experimentation. Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures.

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The Winds Of War

By: Herman Wouk

Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America's Greatest Generation.Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and ...

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The Summer Game

By: Roger Angell

A classic collection of early sportswriting by renowned reporter Roger AngellAcclaimed New Yorker writer Roger Angell’s first book on baseball, The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Hunt the Wumpus

Hunt the Wumpus

Platform: BASIC, TI-99/4A

Genre: Adventure game



Platform: Arcade

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari Inc.



Platform: PDP 11/45 (1971), HP2000 (1973), HP3000 (1984), DOS, Commodore Amiga, Macintosh, Windows, Linux (2003)

Genre: 4X, wargame

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