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Sunday 20 January 1980

It was Sunday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Felicitas Woll and Maeva Meline. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Rock With You by Michael Jackson. In UK Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders was in the top 5 hits. Scavenger Hunt, directed by Michael Schultz, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while White House Years by Henry Kissinger was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Voyage of Charles Darwin. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Boxing or Navarone.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Scavenger Hunt

Directed by: Michael Schultz

Starring: Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers

Country: United States

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All That Jazz

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer

Country: United States

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The Black Hole

Directed by: Gary Nelson

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster

Country: United States

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Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas

Country: United States

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Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Starring: Malcolm Stoddard, Andrew Burt, David Ashton, Peter Settelen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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One in a Million

Starring: Shirley Hemphill, Richard Paul, Carl Ballantine, Dorothy Fielding

Country: United States

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Free to Choose

Starring: Milton Friedman

Country: United States

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CBS Children's Mystery Theatre

Starring: Dody Goodman, Dominique Dunne, Beth Ehlers, Adam Rich

Country: United States

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The Duchess of Duke Street

Written by: John Hawkesworth

Starring: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh, John Cater

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 January 1980 ?

  • Astrology: First day of sun sign Aquarius.
  • Saint Fabian
  • Euthymus
  • Desiderius
  • Meinrad
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  • President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena
  • US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne.
  • Cuba recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • The London Gold Fixing hits its highest price ever (adjusted for inflation), at US$850 a troy ounce.

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Sport Games on 20 January 1980

American Football
  • Pittsburgh Steelers - Los Angeles Rams : 31 - 19
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What news were making the headlines those days in January 1980?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Moscow's Challenge -- Jan. 14, 1980
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8674
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ayatullah Khomeini, Man of the Year -- Jan. 7, 1980


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

White House Years

By: Henry Kissinger

Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s

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The Americans

By: Alistair Cooke

From the famous BBC correspondent and television host comes a remarkably insightful and detailed firsthand portrait of America during the early days of World War II.

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By: Ken Follett

A New York Times bestselling novel of international suspense and terror from the author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and A Column of Fire As Egypt comes closer and closer to developing a nuclear bomb, the ...

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The Dead Zone

By: Stephen King

Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.Johnny

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Fighting, Sports

Publisher: Activision

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Space Panic

Platform: Arcade ColecoVision

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Universal Entertainment Corporation

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Crazy Balloon

Crazy Balloon

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze game

Publisher: Taito



Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Namco


Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Maze

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

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