Sunday August 17, 1980

US date format: 8/17/1980, UK date format: 17/8/1980

It was Sunday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 17, 1980). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Lene Marlin and Daniel Güiza. 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. The Constant Factor, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Coming Home. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Carnival or Cytron Masters.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Rastafarianism - celebration of the birth of Marcus Garvey
  • Roman Empire - Portunalia in honor of Portunes

Events

  • Blackstone closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • George Brett goes 4-for-4, raising his batting average to .401
  • Azaria Chamberlain disappears, probably taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history.
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Movies

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The Constant Factor

The Constant Factor

Directed by: Krzysztof Zanussi

Starring: Tadeusz Bradecki, Zofia Mrozowska, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska, Cezary Morawski

Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass

Directed by: Brian Gibson

Starring: Phil Daniels, Hazel O'Connor, Jon Finch, Jonathan Pryce

He Knows You're Alone

He Knows You're Alone

Directed by: Armand Mastroianni

Starring: Don Scardino, Caitlin O'Heaney, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing

Battle Creek Brawl

Battle Creek Brawl

Directed by: Robert Clouse

Starring: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer, Mako

Those Lips, Those Eyes

Those Lips, Those Eyes

Directed by: Michael Pressman

Starring: Frank Langella, Glynnis O'Connor, Tom Hulce, Jerry Stiller

TV Series

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Layne McDonald

Those Amazing Animals

Those Amazing Animals

Juliet Bravo

Juliet Bravo

Deutsche Nobelpreisträger für Literatur

Deutsche Nobelpreisträger für Literatur

Soreyuke! Red bikkizu

Soreyuke! Red bikkizu

Days to next August 17

If August 17, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 1 month, 13 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 10 months, 18 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren

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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief

Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

Rage of Angels

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A memorable, mesmerizing heroineJennifer -- brilliant, beautiful, an attorney on the way up until the Mafia's schemes win her the hatred of an implacable enemy -- and a love more destructive than hate.A

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

The Bourne Identity

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#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.

Sins Of The Fathers by Susan Howatch

Sins Of The Fathers

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"Full of fascinating dialogue, surprising twists of plot, and well-developed, memorable characters, a stunningly successful work of fiction."NASHVILLE BANNERThis is the tumultuous novel of men and women pitted against a world

The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

The Devil'S Alternative

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war… As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Space Zap

Space Zap

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Arcade, action

Publisher: Bally Midway

Rally-X

Rally-X

Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Maze, Driving

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

Network

Network

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Business simulation

Publisher: Edu-Ware

Carnival

Carnival

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Atari 8-bit

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sega Gremlin Industries

Cytron Masters

Cytron Masters

Platform: Atari 400/800, Apple II

Genre: Real-time tactics

Publisher: SSI

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 the day of the week was Sunday.

What zodiac sign is August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 17, 1980?

On August 17, 1980 several famous people were born including, Lene Marlin, Daniel Güiza, Brett Myers.

What was the number one song in August 17, 1980?

The number one song in the week of August 17, 1980 was Magic by Olivia Newton-John in US and The Winner Takes It All by Abba in UK.

What were the top hits on August 17, 1980?

The top hits on August 17, 1980 were Magic by Olivia Newton-John, Sailing by Christopher Cross, Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1 by The S.O.S. Band in US and The Winner Takes It All by Abba, Upside Down by Diana Ross, Ashes To Ashes by David Bowie in UK.


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