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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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TV Series

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

Nobody's Perfect

Starring: Ron Moody, Cassie Yates, Michael Durrell, Victor Brandt

Country: United States

Vakáción a Mézga-család

Starring: Endre Harkányi, Ilona Györi, Margit Földessy, Péter Geszti

Country: Hungary

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The Adventure Game

Written by: Patrick Dowling

Starring: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Señorita Andrea

Starring: Ignacio Quirós, Darío Grandinetti

Country: Argentina

Shadow Warriors

Starring: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun'ichi Haruta, Naomi Hase, Shôtarô Hayashi

Country: Japan

Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Smokey and the Bandit II

Directed by: Hal Needham

Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed

Country: United States

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The Octagon

Directed by: Eric Karson

Starring: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef

Country: United States

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Xanadu

Directed by: Robert Greenwald

Starring: Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck

Country: United States

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Father Sergius

Directed by: Yakov Protazanov

Starring: Ivan Mozzhukhin, Olga Kondorova, V. Dzheneyeva

Country: United States

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The Final Countdown

Directed by: Don Taylor

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 16 August 1980 ?

Holidays:
  • 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
Famous Birthdays:
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Facts:
  • Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Cozy Powell quits Rainbow
  • Jools Holland quits Squeeze

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1980?

  • Time: Larry Hagman as J.R. In the TV series 'Dallas'
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8705
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Billy Carter -- Aug. 4, 1980

Books

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

Men In Love

By: Nancy Friday

An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, Men In Love develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America.

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The Bourne Identity

By: Robert Ludlum

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery.

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Nothing Down

By: Robert G. Allen

With more than a million copies in print, Robert Allen's Nothing Down for the '90s has probably helped more people achieve success in real estate than any book in history.

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Heartsounds

By: Martha Weinman Lear

The national bestseller and undying testament of a wife’s love for her husband as he embarks on the fight of his lifeOn a story assignment in France for the New York Times

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Armor Attack

Platform: Arcade Game (original) Vectrex

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics Sega (Japan)

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Computer Conflict

Platform: Apple II series

Genre: Wargame

Publisher: Strategic Simulations, Inc.

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Musician

Platform: Magnavox Odyssey² (US) Philips Videopac (Europe)

Genre: Music

Publisher: Philips

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Rescue at Rigel

Rescue at Rigel

Platform: Apple II, DOS, TRS-80, VIC-20, Commodore PET, Atari 8-bit.

Genre: Sci-Fi CRPG

Publisher: Epyx

Space Panic

Platform: Arcade ColecoVision

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Universal Entertainment Corporation

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