Saturday August 18, 1979

US date format: 8/18/1979, UK date format: 18/8/1979

It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 18, 1979). 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 Alexander Mikhaylin and Mohib Mirza. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Good Times by Chic. In UK I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats was in the top 5 hits. Kaala Patthar, directed by Yash Chopra, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Chesapeake by James A. Michener was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Ride on Stranger. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Deep Scan or Star Raiders.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • RC saints - Saint Helena of Constantinople,Saint Alberto Hurtado
  • Buhe in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Events

  • Iran Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
  • Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

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Movies

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Kaala Patthar

Kaala Patthar

Directed by: Yash Chopra

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhee Gulzar

Fish Hawk

Fish Hawk

Directed by: Donald Shebib

Starring: Will Sampson, Don Francks, Charles Fields, Mary Pirie

Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Country: United States of America

The Seduction of Joe Tynan

The Seduction of Joe Tynan

Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg

Starring: Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn

Doing Time

Doing Time

Directed by: Dick Clement

Starring: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde

TV Series

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Ride on Stranger

Ride on Stranger

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Directed by: Michael Spierig

The Mallens

The Mallens

Directed by: Brian Mills

Carga Pesada

Carga Pesada

Thundercloud

Thundercloud

Directed by: Talon Clemow

Days to next August 18

If August 18, 1979 is your birthday you're 41 years, 1 month, 5 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 10 months, 26 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Chesapeake by James A. Michener

Chesapeake

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In this classic novel, James A. Michener brings his grand epic tradition to bear on the four-hundred-year saga of America’s Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the modern age.

A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

A Distant Mirror

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Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval

Shibumi by Trevanian

Shibumi

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Nicholai Hel is the world’s most wanted man. Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German

The White Album by Joan Didion

The White Album

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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era―including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and

Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

Hanta Yo

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Stated first edition.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Aim for the Ace!

Aim for the Ace!

Genre: Sports, Romance

Samurai (Europe) Dynasty! (US)

Samurai (Europe) Dynasty! (US)

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

Genre: Strategy game

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox

Temple of Apshai

Temple of Apshai

Platform: TRS-80, Commodore PET, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Dungeon crawl RPG

Publisher: Automated Simulations

Deep Scan

Deep Scan

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Sega Saturn (as a minigame in Die Hard Arcade)

Publisher: Sega

Star Raiders

Star Raiders

Platform: Atari 8-bit family

Genre: Space simulation

Publisher: Atari, Inc


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