Tuesday June 17, 1980

US date format: 6/17/1980, UK date format: 17/6/1980

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Gemini (see birth chart on June 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 Venus Williams and Sila Gencoglu. In that special week of June people in US were listening to Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.. In UK Crying by Don McLean was in the top 5 hits. Temptation Island, directed by Joey Gosiengfiao, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Devil'S Alternative by Frederick Forsyth was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Coming Home. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Crazy Balloon or Midway Campaign.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • St. Albert Chmielowski.
  • National holiday of West Germany until 1990, see Workers' Uprising of 1953 in East Germany.
  • Iceland's national day, celebrating independence from Denmark in 1944.

Events

  • Led Zeppelin begins their last European tour

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Movies

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Temptation Island

Temptation Island

Directed by: Joey Gosiengfiao

Starring: Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, Jennifer Cortez, Bambi Arambulo

The Sea Wolves

The Sea Wolves

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Starring: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

The Stunt Man

The Stunt Man

Directed by: Richard Rush

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield

Herbie Goes Bananas

Herbie Goes Bananas

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Starring: Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Cloris Leachman, John Vernon

The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

Country: United States of America

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TV Series

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Layne McDonald

The Whisper of Glocken

The Whisper of Glocken

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Directed by: Harry Aldous

Starring: Paul Honeyman

Ging wah cheun mung

Ging wah cheun mung

Uchû senshi Baldios

Uchû senshi Baldios

Winnetou le mescalero

Winnetou le mescalero

Days to next June 17

If June 17, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 3 months, 6 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 8 months, 25 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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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

The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

The Ninja

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"Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb."NEWS RECORDThis is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West,

Smiley'S People by John le Carré

Smiley'S People

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.Tell

Whip Hand by Dick Francis

Whip Hand

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Sid Halley's glory days as a jockey are over, but he still finds a certain satisfaction in successfully solving a case.

The Real War by Richard Nixon

The Real War

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The Real War

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Crazy Balloon

Crazy Balloon

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze game

Publisher: Taito

Carnival

Carnival

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

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sega Gremlin Industries

Midway Campaign

Midway Campaign

Platform: MS-DOS, Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64, Commodore PET, TRS-80, VIC 20

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Microcomputer Games Inc

Wizard of Wor

Wizard of Wor

Platform: Arcade, ported to Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade

Genre: Action/maze

Publisher: Midway; CBS Electronics (Atari 2600); Roklan (Atari 8-bit)

Berzerk

Berzerk

Platform: Arcade game, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, GCE Vectrex

Genre: Multi-directional shooter/Run and gun

Publisher: Stern Electronics


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