Monday August 20, 1979

US date format: 8/20/1979, UK date format: 20/8/1979

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo (see zodiac on August 20, 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 Kimberly Stewart and Jamie Cullum. In that special week of August people in US were listening to My Sharona by The Knack. In UK I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats was in the top 5 hits. Org, directed by Fernando Birri, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Sophie's Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Ride on Stranger. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Aim for the Ace! or The Datestones of Ryn.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Morocco - Revolution of the King and the People Day
  • RC saints - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Bah�'f Faith - Feast of Asm� (Names) - First day of the ninth month of the Bah�'f Calendar
  • Estonia - Restoration Day
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Events

  • India Premier Charan Singh resigns
  • Singer Vikki Carr and Michael Nilsson wed
  • The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • Grenada recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

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Movies

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Stalker

Stalker

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Country: United States of America

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Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

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

Country: United States of America

Kaala Patthar

Kaala Patthar

Directed by: Yash Chopra

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

Breaking Away

Breaking Away

Directed by: Peter Yates

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley

Country: United States of America

Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz

Directed by: Don Siegel

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Country: United States of America

Escape from Alcatraz memorabilia

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Music charts

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - My Sharona
  2. - Good Times
  3. - The Main Event & Fight
  4. - After The Love Has Gone
  5. - Bad Girls

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Don't Like Mondays
  2. - We Don't Talk Anymore
  3. - Angeleyes / Voulez Vous
  4. - Can't Stand Losing You
  5. - Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)

TV Series

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Ride on Stranger

Ride on Stranger

The Mallens

The Mallens

Directed by: Brian Mills

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Directed by: Michael Spierig

Odisea burbujas

Odisea burbujas

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Starring: Aurora Alvarado, Rodrigo de la Mora, Humberto Espinoza, Arturo Laphan

Country: Mexico

Estefanía

Estefanía

How old am I?

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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Sophie's Choice

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Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan …

Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe

Class Reunion

By:

Fictional Novel, Literary Fiction

Good As Gold by Joseph Heller

Good As Gold

By:

Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for

Starting In The Middle by Judith Wax

Starting In The Middle

By:

Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 204 Pages

Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

Hanta Yo

By:

Stated first edition.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Beam Invader

Beam Invader

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Shooter game

Publisher: Tekunon Kougyou

Aim for the Ace!

Aim for the Ace!

Genre: Sports, Romance

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

The Datestones of Ryn

The Datestones of Ryn

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore PET/CBM, TRS-80

Genre: Dungeon crawl

Publisher: Epyx

Warrior

Warrior

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fighting

Publisher: Vectorbeam

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 the day of the week was Monday.

What zodiac sign is August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 the zodiac sign was Leo.

Who was the US President on August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on August 20, 1979?

On August 20, 1979 several famous people were born including, Kimberly Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Tara Shaffer.

Which famous people died on August 20, 1979?

Famous people died on August 20, 1979 include, Christian Dotremont.

What was the number one song in August 20, 1979?

The number one song in the week of August 20, 1979 was My Sharona by The Knack in US and I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats in UK.

What were the top hits on August 20, 1979?

The top hits on August 20, 1979 were My Sharona by The Knack, Good Times by Chic, The Main Event & Fight by Barbra Streisand in US and I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats, We Don't Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard, Angeleyes / Voulez Vous by Abba in UK.