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Tuesday 20 December 1983

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Jonah Hill and Lucy Pinder. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Say Say Say by Paul McCartney. In UK Only You by The Flying Pickets was in the top 5 hits. Silkwood, directed by Mike Nichols, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983 while The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Video Music Box. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Automonopoli/Go to Jail or The Heroes of Karn.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?


Directed by: Mike Nichols

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul

Country: United States

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Sudden Impact

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle

Country: United States

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Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Country: United States

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Terms of Endearment

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Video Music Box

Starring: Digital Underground, Tupac Shakur

Country: United States

SCTV Channel

Starring: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Martin Short

Country: Canada

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Written by: Franc Roddam

Starring: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Who Dares Wins

Starring: Julia Hills, Rory McGrath, Jimmy Mulville, Philip Pope

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Rote Erde

Starring: Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Vera Lippisch, Karin Neuhäuser, Angelika Bartsch

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 December 1983 ?

  • R.C. Saints - Saint Dominic of Silos
  • Also see December 20 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The first All Faiths Day was celebrated in 2003 in Canandaigua, New York.
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  • PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
  • El Salvador adopts constitution.
  • New York Islanders score their most goals (11) versus Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadians, becomes 10th NHL player to score 500 goals.

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What news were making the headlines those days in December 1983?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Hafez Assad -- Dec. 19, 1983
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8882
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: The Press Under Fire -- Dec. 12, 1983


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

The Name Of The Rose

By: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco’s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awardsThe year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.

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Hollywood Wives

By: Jackie Collins

They lunch at Ma Maison and the Bistro on salads and hot gossip. They cruise Rodeo Drive in their Mercedes and Rolls, turning shopping at Giorgio and Gucci into an art

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Pet Sematary

By: Stephen King

Discover the classic #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King!When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic and rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to ...

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Blue Highways

By: William Least Heat Moon

Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Granny's Garden

Granny's Garden

Platform: Amstrad CPC, Macintosh, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Amiga, Microsoft Windows, Linux, ZX Spectrum, iPhone, iPad

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: 4Mation


Platform: Arcade game, Atari 2600

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Atari

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Lords of Time

Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari ST, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Enterprise, Lynx, Memotech MTX, MSX, Nascom, Oric-1, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum.

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Level 9 Computing

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Automonopoli/Go to Jail

Automonopoli/Go to Jail

Platform: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Automata UK (1983)

The Heroes of Karn

The Heroes of Karn

Platform: Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Interceptor Software

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