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Tuesday 19 May 1981

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include French presidential election 1974 and Georges St-Pierre. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes. In UK Stand And Deliver by Adam & The Ants was in the top 5 hits. Outland, directed by Peter Hyams, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while God Emperor Of Dune by Frank Herbert was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Shillingbury Tales. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Robby Roto or Munchman.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?


Directed by: Peter Hyams

Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle

Country: United States

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The Burning

Directed by: Tony Maylam

Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer

Country: United States

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Friday the 13th Part 2

Directed by: Steve Miner

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay

Country: United States

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Directed by: Bruce Malmuth

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Shillingbury Tales

Starring: Robin Nedwell, Diane Keen, Jack Douglas, Joe Black

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Into the Labyrinth

Starring: Pamela Salem, Charlie Caine, Ron Moody, Lisa Turner

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Funny Man

Starring: Jimmy Jewel, David Schofield, Andrew Fell, Jean Boht

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 19 May 1981 ?

  • National Hug-Your-Cat Day
  • NASCAR Day USA.(2006)
  • Commemoration of Pontian Greeks Genocide in Greece.
  • Commemoration of Atatnrk, Youth and Sports Day in Turkey (1919).
  • Theophilus of Corte
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  • Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters

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

  • Time: Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8745
  • Time: Oakland A's manager Billy Martin. Inset: Lebanon,


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

God Emperor Of Dune

By: Frank Herbert

Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity

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Paper Money

By: Adam Smith

Paper Money

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By: Len Deighton

June 11, 1940 – where is Winston Churchill?A private aircraft takes off from a small town in central France, while Adolf Hitler, the would-be conqueror of Europe, prepares for a clandestine

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The Lord God Made Them All

By: James Herriot

The triumphant conclusion to the legendary seriesWith each book more engaging than the last, James Herriot once again brings us the magical beauty of Yorkshire through his uplifting experiences as a

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade (original) Tomy Tutor, Vectrex, Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade), Windows Mobile, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4

Genre: Horizontal scrolling shooter

Publisher: JP Leijac; NA Stern; NA GCE; EU Compu-Games A/S; EU Milton Bradley

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Robby Roto

Robby Roto

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Bally/Midway

Battle of Atlantis

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Comsoft

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Genre: Arcade

Publisher: Grandstand

Video Hustler

Video Hustler

Platform: Arcade Game (reissue: Xbox 360)

Genre: Sports simulation – pool

Publisher: Konami (reissue: Microsoft)

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