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Saturday 17 January 1981

It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ray J and Scott Mechlowicz. In that special week of January people in US were listening to (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon. In UK Imagine by John Lennon was in the top 5 hits. Scanners, directed by David Cronenberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Origin by Irving Stone was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Mystery!: Malice Aforethought. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Sky Skipper or Stampede.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?


Directed by: David Cronenberg

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

Country: United States

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Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Directed by: Jean Girault

Starring: Louis de Funs, Genevive Grad, Michel Galabru

Country: United States

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Directed by: William Lustig

Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Abigail Clayton

Country: United States

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Altered States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Starring: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban

Country: United States

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Nine to Five

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton

Country: United States

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TV Series

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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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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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Mysterious World

Starring: Arthur C. Clarke, Gordon Honeycombe, Remy Van Lierde

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 January 1981 ?

  • Catholicism - Feast day of the following saints: St. Anthony and Amelbert.
  • Ancient Latvia - Zirgu Diena observed
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Famous Deaths:
  • Philippino President Marcos ends state of siege
  • President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law eight years and five months after declaring it.
  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law.

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Space Shuttle Columbia -- Jan. 12, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8726
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ronald Reagan, Man of the Year -- Jan. 5, 1981


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

The Origin

By: Irving Stone

From his 1831 voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle to his death in 1882, Charles Darwin experiences grueling sea passages, conducts demanding scientific research, and encounters opposition to his theory of evolution

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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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American Dreams

By: Studs Terkel

Back in print, the book the New York Times Book Review called the Pulitzer Prize winner's best. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Jesse Helms, Joan Crawford, Vine Deloria, Helen and Scott Nearing.

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Peter The Great

By: Robert K. Massie

Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeAgainst the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Crazy Kong

Crazy Kong

Platform: Arcade, Commodore 64

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Falcon/Zaccaria

Munchkin (Europe) K.C. Munchkin! (US)

Munchkin (Europe) K.C. Munchkin! (US)

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

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox

Sky Skipper

Platform: Arcade game, Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Nintendo Parker Bros.

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Donkey Kong

Platform: Arcade, various

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Nintendo

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Platform: Atari 2600, Intellivision

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision

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