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Friday 17 April 1981

It was Friday, under the sign of Aries. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Wayne Lydon and Jenny Meadows. In that special week of April people in US were listening to Kiss On My List by Daryl Hall & John Oates. In UK Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz was in the top 5 hits. Excalibur, directed by John Boorman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Come Pour The Wine by Cynthia Freeman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Funny Man. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Strategy X or Space Eggs.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Old Newspapers

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TV Series

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

Funny Man

Starring: Jimmy Jewel, David Schofield, Andrew Fell, Jean Boht

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Hill Street Blues

Written by: Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Country: United States

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Nanny

Written by: Wendy Craig

Starring: Wendy Craig, John Quayle, Natalie Forbes

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Danger UXB

Written by: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Golden Age of Television

Country: United States

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Excalibur

Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay

Country: United States

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Nighthawks

Directed by: Bruce Malmuth

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams

Country: United States

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Thief

Directed by: Michael Mann

Starring: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson

Country: United States

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The Howling

Directed by: Joe Dante

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan

Country: United States

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Scanners

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 April 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • Pope Anicetus (died 166)
  • Saint Gerwin of Oudenburg (d. 1117)
  • Saint Landricus
  • Blessed Radboud of Louvain (d.1142)
  • Saint Stephen Harding (d. 1134)
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in April 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Reagan Shot -- Apr. 13, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8740
  • Time: Inset: unrest in Poland.

Books

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

Come Pour The Wine

By: Cynthia Freeman

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Freeman’s powerful tale of a woman in search of her sacred heritage, who must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for loveNineteen-year-old Janet

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Gorky Park

By: Martin Cruz Smith

“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces

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Brain

By: Robin Cook

Both of them suspected that something was wrong--terribly wrong--in the great medical research center where they worked. Both of them wondered why a beautiful young woman had died on the operating

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Best Evidence

By: David S. Lifton

Another take on the story. good read

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Oo-Topos

Oo-Topos

Platform: Apple II (original) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS

Genre: Interactive fiction

Publisher: Polarware

Strategy X

Platform: Arcade; Atari 2600

Genre: Vertically scrolling shooter

Publisher: Konami

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Warp & Warp

Platform: Arcade, MSX, PV-1000, Family Computer

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; JP Casio; NA Rock-Ola

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Apple Panic

Apple Panic

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, PC booter, VIC-20

Genre: Platform game, Puzzle

Publisher: Brøderbund

Space Eggs

Space Eggs

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sirius Software


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