Saturday 16 August 1980
It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Robert Hardy and Emerson.
In that special week of August people in US were listening to Magic by Olivia Newton-John.
In UK The Winner Takes It All by Abba was in the top 5 hits.
Smokey and the Bandit II, directed by Hal Needham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980
while Men In Love by Nancy Friday was one of the best selling books.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Armor Attack or Computer Conflict.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 16 August 1980 ?
- 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
- Robert Hardy: English musician (Franz Ferdinand).
- Emerson: Brazilian footballer.
- Raniere: Brazilian footballer.
- Julien Absalon: French cross-country mountain biker.
- Raphaël Poulain: French rugby union player who played on the wing for the Beauvais club and Stade Français.
- Rittz : Rapper
- Vanessa Carlton: Pop Singer
- Hwangbo : South Korean rapper and actress (Chakra)
- Ryan Hanigan: American baseball player
- Øystein Moen: Norwegian pianist and composer (Puma and Jaga Jazzist)
- Emerson Borges: Brazilian footballer
- Piet Rooijakkers: Dutch professional bicyclist
- Raniere Santos: Brazilian footballer
- Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
- Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
- Jools Holland quits Squeeze
Which were the top hits in that special week of August 1980 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Olivia Newton-John - Magic
- Christopher Cross - Sailing
- The S.O.S. Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1
- The Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue
- Diana Ross - Upside Down
- Billy Joel - It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
- The Manhattans - Shining Star
- Elton John - Little Jeannie
- Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
- Kim Carnes - More Love
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