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Thursday 17 December 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see planets position on December 17, 1981). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Emma Laaksonen and Krysten Ritter. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Physical by Olivia Newton-John. In UK Don't You Want Me by The Human League was in the top 5 hits. Umrao Jaan, directed by Muzaffar Ali, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Cosmos by Carl Sagan was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Darkroom. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Quest for the Rings or Route-16.
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What the sky looked like on 17 December 1981

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Movies

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

Umrao Jaan

Directed by: Muzaffar Ali

Starring: Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Country: United States

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Modern Problems

Directed by: Ken Shapiro

Starring: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place

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Eaux profondes

Directed by: Michel Deville

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Sandrine Kljajic, Éric Frey

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Ghost Story

Directed by: John Irvin

Starring: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, John Houseman

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TV Series

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

Darkroom

Directed by: Britt Napier

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The Last Song

Directed by: Julie Anne Robinson

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That's My Boy

Directed by: Sean Anders

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Jockei Monika

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Vice Versa

Directed by: Brian Gilbert

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 December 1981 ?

Famous Birthdays:
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Facts:
  • Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • The Senegambia Confederation is founded.
  • Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigade in Verona, Italy.

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Planetary positions on this day

Planetary positions on December 17, 1981 - Geocentric view

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Magazine Covers

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Books

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

Cosmos

By: Carl Sagan

RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOXCosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a

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Pathfinders

By: Gail Sheehy

Examines--through personal case histories, analysis, and examples--creative, original, and expansive ways to effectively overcome the crises of adult life by drawing on one's own inner resources

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The Cardinal Sins

By: Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M.

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Elvis

By: Albert Goldman

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Eastern Front (1941)

Platform: Atari 8-bit

Genre: Turn-based strategy

Publisher: APX, Atari, Inc.

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Quest for the Rings

Platform: Odyssey²/Videopac

Genre: Cooperative, Board game, RPG

Publisher: Magnavox

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Route-16

Platform: Arcade, NES, Arcadia 2001

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Centuri

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Mystery Fun House

Mystery Fun House

Platform: Apple II Plus, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Vic 20, TI 99/4a, Atari 400, Atari 800, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

Laser Blast

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Activision

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Home videos

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Old Yeller

Studio: Disney

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Condorman

Studio: Disney

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The Absent-Minded Professor

Studio: Disney

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Amy

Studio: Disney

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Pollyanna

Studio: Disney

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