Wednesday August 19, 1981

US date format: 8/19/1981, UK date format: 19/8/1981

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 19, 1981). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Nick Kennedy and Percy Watson. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Green Door by Shakin' Stevens was in the top 5 hits. They All Laughed, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Eagle'S Gift by Carlos Castaneda was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Jawbreaker or Skeet Shoot.
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Movies

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They All Laughed

They All Laughed

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter

Nobody's Perfekt

Nobody's Perfekt

Directed by: Peter Bonerz

Starring: Gabe Kaplan, Alex Karras, Robert Klein, Susan Clark

Body Heat

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Country: United States of America

Heartbreak High

Heartbreak High

Directed by: Mark Warren

Starring: John Vernon, Norman Fell, Robert Forster, Thom Haverstock

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Country: United States of America

history

Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Roman festivals - Vinalia Rustica celebrated in honor of Venus Libitina commemorating the founding of the oldest known temple to her, on the Esquiline Hill, in 293 BC on this date.
  • RC saints - Saint Sebald, Saint Louis of Toulouse, Jean-Eudes de MTzeray
  • Afghanistan - Afghan Independence Day see above: 1919
  • National Day of the Filipino Language, Philippines - Holiday for Quezon City, Quezon Province and other municipalities named after Manuel Quezon
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Events

  • 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22

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TV Series

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The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!

The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!

Starring: Maylo McCaslin, Barry Gordon, Dawn Jeffory, Burr Middleton

Country: United States of America

Kinvig

Kinvig

Take a Letter Mr. Jones

Take a Letter Mr. Jones

The Paul Squire Show

The Paul Squire Show

The Pyramid Game

The Pyramid Game

Magazine Covers

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Books

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The Eagle'S Gift by Carlos Castaneda

The Eagle'S Gift

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Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."His

Cujo by Stephen King

Cujo

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The #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” (New York Times) with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat.

Masquerade by Kit Williams

Masquerade

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Schocken Books. NY. Copyright-1979. This publication-1980. "First American edition". First printing (no later dates, number/letter lines). Blue boards with impression of author's initials (KW) on lower corner of front board.

The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas

The White Hotel

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It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust.

Trade Wind by M.M. Kaye

Trade Wind

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When Boston bluestocking Hero Athena Hollis travels to Zanzibar to visit her uncle, an American consul, she arrives filled with self-righteousness and bent on good deeds.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Tempest

Tempest

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Tube shooter

Publisher: Atari Inc.

Jawbreaker

Jawbreaker

Platform: Computers: Atari 800, Apple II, Commodore 64, PC Consoles: Atari 2600

Genre: Maze chase

Publisher: On-line Systems, Tigervision (Atari 2600 port)

Skeet Shoot

Skeet Shoot

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports (skeet shooting)

Publisher: Games by Apollo

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

Stone Sling (Europe) Smithereens! (US)

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

Genre: Strategy Game,[1] Artillery game

Publisher: Philips / Magnavox

Kaboom!

Kaboom!

Platform: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision


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