Wednesday August 20, 1980

US date format: 8/20/1980, UK date format: 20/8/1980

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 20, 1980). 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 Samuel Dumoulin and Chesa Boudin. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Magic by Olivia Newton-John. In UK The Winner Takes It All by Abba was in the top 5 hits. The Long Good Friday, directed by John Mackenzie, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Green Monday by Michael M. Thomas was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Coming Home. If you liked videogames you were probably playing The Prisoner or Navarone.
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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

  • Mt Everest climbed by Italian Reinhold Messner, alone
  • Pitts Omar Moreno steals record 70 bases for 3rd consecutive season
  • Reinhold Messner of Italy is first to make solo ascent of Mount Everest.
  • New York Yankees' Bob Watson hits Seattle Kingdome speaker, second straight day.

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Movies

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The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday

Directed by: John Mackenzie

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Country: United States of America

Resurrection

Resurrection

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli

Loving Couples

Loving Couples

Directed by: Jack Smight

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Collins

The Constant Factor

The Constant Factor

Directed by: Krzysztof Zanussi

Starring: Tadeusz Bradecki, Zofia Mrozowska, Malgorzata Zajaczkowska, Cezary Morawski

TV Series

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Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Layne McDonald

Mysterious World

Mysterious World

Starring: Arthur C. Clarke, Gordon Honeycombe, Remy Van Lierde

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show

Cowboys

Cowboys

Drak Pack

Drak Pack

Days to next August 20

If August 20, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 1 month old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 11 months.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Green Monday by Michael M. Thomas

Green Monday

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Not only an inside, in depth look at the way money moves but a real education for ordinary people that could never imagine the intrigue, deceit and manipulations movers in the

The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

The Spike

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The Spike

Innocent Blood by P.D. James

Innocent Blood

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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid.

Bellefleur by Joyce Carol Oates

Bellefleur

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A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir.

Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon

Rage of Angels

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A memorable, mesmerizing heroineJennifer -- brilliant, beautiful, an attorney on the way up until the Mafia's schemes win her the hatred of an implacable enemy -- and a love more destructive than hate.A

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Armor Attack

Armor Attack

Platform: Arcade Game (original) Vectrex

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics Sega (Japan)

The Prisoner

The Prisoner

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Edu-Ware

Navarone

Navarone

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Namco

Pelé's Soccer

Pelé's Soccer

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Arcade football/soccer

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

Missile Command

Missile Command

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: NA Atari Inc.; EU Sega; NA Nintendo (Game Boy)


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