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Sunday 17 February 1985

It was Sunday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Anne Curtis and Anders Jacobsen (ski jumper). In that special week of February people in US were listening to Careless Whisper by Wham!. In UK I Know Him So Well by Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson was in the top 5 hits. Witness, directed by Peter Weir, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1985 while The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Bogart. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Arm Wrestling or Nonterraqueous.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas

Country: United States

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The Breakfast Club

Directed by: John Hughes

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

Country: United States

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Stranger Than Paradise

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

Starring: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson

Country: United States

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Directed by: Michael Radford

Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Starring: Ole Michelsen, Søren Høy

Country: Denmark


Starring: The It Dancers

Country: Philippines

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Blitzkrieg Squadron Changeman

Starring: Rica Matsumoto, Takeshi Ishikawa, Haruki Hamada, Kazuoki Takahashi

Country: Japan

The Golden Oldie Picture Show

Starring: Dave Lee Travis

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Man from Moscow

Written by: Andrew Carr

Directed by: Paul Seed

Starring: David Calder, Christopher Rozycki, Hetty Baynes, Harry Fielder

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 February 1985 ?

  • Saint Evermodus
  • Saint Alexis Falconieri (d. 1310)
  • Saint Seven Founders of the Servites
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day.
  • Ancient Latvia - Tanis Diena observed.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Wanda Perry: Actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67.
  • 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
  • 1st day / night game at the MCG, Australia vs. England
  • 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
  • Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater.
  • Laffit Pincay Jr is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita.

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What news were making the headlines those days in February 1985?

  • Time: Soviet Defector Arkady Shevchenko
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8943
  • Time: Pope John Paul II. Inset: Martin Feldstein.


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

The Talisman

By: Stephen King and Peter Straub

The iconic, “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) collaboration between #1 bestselling author Stephen King and Peter Straub—an epic thriller about a young boy’s quest to save his mother’s life.

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The Fourth Protocol

By: Frederick Forsyth

It is a time of political unrest in Great Britain. And behind the Iron Curtain an insidious plot is being hatched, a plan so incendiary that even the KGB is ignorant of its existence--Aurora, the

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By: Liv Ullmann

Norwegian actress of great magnitude, with a very interesting life and career. Excellent reading material for one of the world's most beautiful and finest actresses of years gone by -- recently

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The Sicilian

By: Mario Puzo

After Mario Puzo wrote his internationally acclaimed The Godfather, he has often been imitated but never equaled. Puzo's classic novel, The Sicilian, stands as a cornerstone of his work--a lushly romantic, unforgettable tale of bloodshed, justice, and treachery.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Arm Wrestling

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Sports game

Publisher: Nintendo

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Finders Keepers

Platform: MSX, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Commodore 16, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Platform game, arcade adventure

Publisher: Mastertronic

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Heart of Africa

Platform: Commodore 64

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Electronic Arts

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Platform: Amstrad CPC Commodore 64 ZX Spectrum

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Mastertronic

Big Mac the Mad Maintenance Man

Big Mac the Mad Maintenance Man

Platform: Commodore 64

Genre: 2D action/platform

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