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Thursday 17 May 1984

It was Thursday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Melany Denyse and Christine Ohuruogu. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Hello by Lionel Richie. In UK The Reflex by Duran Duran was in the top 5 hits. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, directed by Steven Spielberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984 while Almost Paradise by Susan Isaacs was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Six Centuries of Verse. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Full Throttle or Hercules.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan

Country: United States

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The Natural

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close

Country: United States

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Sixteen Candles

Directed by: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

Country: United States

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The Bounty

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier

Country: United States

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The Toxic Avenger

Directed by: Michael Herz

Starring: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Six Centuries of Verse

Starring: John Gielgud

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Rock 'N' America

Starring: Rick Ducommun, Russ Parr, Joe Simon, Frazer Smith

Country: United States

Mr. Palfrey of Westminster

Starring: Alec McCowen, Caroline Blakiston, Clive Wood, Briony McRoberts

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Teresa de Jesús

Starring: Concha Velasco, María Massip, Antonio Canal, Alicia Sánchez

Country: Spain

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Zlatniyat vek

Starring: Marius Donkin, Rumyan Lazov, Kiril Yanev, Vassil Mihajlov

Country: Bulgaria

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 May 1984 ?

  • Norwegian Constitution Day or Syttende Mai.
  • Dfa das Letras Galegas ("Galician Literature Day") ? holiday in Galicia, honouring the Galician language.
  • Bah�'f Faith ? Feast of 'Azaamat (Grandeur) ? First day of the fourth month of the Bah�'f Calendar.
  • Saint Paschal Baylon or Pascal Baylon
  • Saint Montanus
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  • Cincinnati Reds' Mario Soto throws four strikeouts in one inning.
  • Mai Shanley, age 21 of New Mexico, crowned 33rd Miss USA.
  • Prince Charles calls a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a ''monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend,'' sparking controversies on the proper role of the Royal Family and the course of modern architecture.

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What news were making the headlines those days in May 1984?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Shirley MacLaine -- May 14, 1984
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8902
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Jesse Jackson -- May 7, 1984


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

Almost Paradise

By: Susan Isaacs

Fate can be benevolent. Or incredibly cruel. That's what Nick and Jane will learn...Just take their relationship. Nick is stunningly handsome, the blue-eyed scion of a blue-blood New York family.

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The Aquitaine Progression

By: Robert Ludlum

In Geneva, American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: “The generals .

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By: Whitley Strieber and James W. Kunetka

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. First Edition (stated), and First Printing, with full number line. "0484" on front jacket flap.

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By: Robert B. Parker

The most dangerous man to cross is one who isn't afraid to die. But the most deadly is one who doesn't want to live.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

B.C. Bill

B.C. Bill

Platform: C64, ZX Spectrum, TRS-80, Dragon 32, BBC Micro

Genre: Action

Publisher: Imagine Software

Full Throttle

Platform: Sinclair Spectrum and MSX

Genre: Racing game

Publisher: Micromega

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Dragon Slayer

Platform: FM-7, FM Towns, NEC PC-8801, MSX, X1, Super Cassette Vision, Game Boy, Sega Saturn

Genre: Action role-playing game

Publisher: JP Nihon Falcom; JP Square (MSX); JP Epoch (SCV/GB)

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Gemstone Warrior

Gemstone Warrior

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Macintosh

Genre: Action Adventure Game

Publisher: SSI


Platform: Acorn Electron, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore 64, Commodore Plus/4, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Platform game

Publisher: Interdisc, Alpha Omega, The Power House

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