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Monday 20 August 1979

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). 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. Life of Brian, directed by Terry Jones, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while There'S No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Carol Burnett & Company. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Armor Battle or Cosmic Guerilla.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin

Country: United States

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Apocalypse Now

Directed by: Francis Coppola

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Country: United States

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More American Graffiti

Directed by: B.W.L. Norton

Starring: Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Ron Howard

Country: United States

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The Amityville Horror

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Country: United States

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The Villain

Directed by: Hal Needham

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margret

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Carol Burnett & Company

Starring: Alan Arkin, Sally Field, Cheryl Ladd

Country: United States

Prisoner: Cell Block H

Starring: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Country: Australia

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Eat Bulaga

Starring: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Ruby Rodriguez, Tito Sotto

Country: Philippines

Odisea burbujas

Written by: Silvia Roche

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

Country: Mexico

Sapphire & Steel

Written by: Peter Hammond

Starring: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 August 1979 ?

  • 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
  • Hungary - St. Stephen's day, the main national holiday in Hungary
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Famous Deaths:
  • 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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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1979?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Judging the Judges -- Aug. 20, 1979
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8654
  • Time: Inset:, U.S. Secretary State Henry Kissinger by Dennis Brack.


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

There'S No Such Place As Far Away

By: Richard Bach

When she was about to turn five, a little girl named Rae Hansen invited Richard Bach to her birthday party. Though deserts, storms, mountains, and a thousand miles separated them, Rae

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By: Robin Cook

It was the magic and mystery of an empire long past that beautiful Erica Baron came to explore. Innocently she cast her eyes in forbidden places and discovered the clue to

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Hanta Yo

By: Ruth Beebe Hill

Stated first edition.

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The Matarese Circle

By: Robert Ludlum

Two mortal enemies are the only two people in the world cunning and knowledgeable enough to stop an evil plot that threatens the entire planet.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Invasion Orion

Invasion Orion

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

Genre: Sci-Fi strategy game

Publisher: Epyx

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

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Armor Battle

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Mattel Electronics

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Cosmic Guerilla

Cosmic Guerilla

Platform: Arcade (original) ZX Spectrum

Genre: Fixed shooter

Super Invader

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space Invaders clone fixed shooter

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Company

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