Wednesday June 20, 1979

US date format: 6/20/1979, UK date format: 20/6/1979

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini (see birth chart on June 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 Charlotte Hatherley and Ben (humorist). In that special week of June people in US were listening to Hot Stuff by Donna Summer. In UK Sunday Girl by Blondie was in the top 5 hits. The Double McGuffin, directed by Joe Camp, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Mallens. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Armor Battle or NASL Soccer.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • American Radio Relay League ? Bring your Handy-Talky to Work Day
  • West Virginia ? West Virginia Day.
  • Flag Day in Argentina (1938).
  • UNHCR - World Refugee Day.
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Events

  • Bill Stewart, ABC television news correspondant, and his interpreter Juan Espinosa are executed by a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier while attempting to film war destruction in Nicaragua. The murders are caught on tape, and the footage is later shown on news broadcasts.

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Movies

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The Double McGuffin

The Double McGuffin

Directed by: Joe Camp

Starring: Dion Pride, Greg Hodges, Jeff Nicholson, Vincent Spano

Moonraker

Moonraker

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel

Country: United States of America

Meatballs

Meatballs

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Starring: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Country: United States of America

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Starring: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson, Kenneth Mars

Wanda Nevada

Wanda Nevada

Directed by: Peter Fonda

Starring: Peter Fonda, Brooke Shields, Fiona Lewis, Luke Askew

TV Series

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The Mallens

The Mallens

Directed by: Brian Mills

Carga Pesada

Carga Pesada

Thundercloud

Thundercloud

Directed by: Talon Clemow

Love Thy Neighbour in Australia

Love Thy Neighbour in Australia

Directed by: William G. Stewart

Patrol Boat

Patrol Boat

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Starring: Robert Baxter, Robert Coleby, Nick Magasic, Andrew McFarlane

Country: Australia

Days to next June 20

If June 20, 1979 is your birthday you're 41 years, 3 months old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 9 months.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff

How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years

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Howard J. Ruff, author, financial advisor, founder and editor of The Ruff Times Financial Newsletter. In 1975, Howard began publication of The Ruff Times, a groundbreaking financial advisory newsletter.

The Island by Peter Benchley

The Island

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Suspense, treasure hunting, murder, intrigue...A classic mystery novel. One of Benchley's finest.

The Powers That Be by David Halberstam

The Powers That Be

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Crackling with the personalities, conflicts, and ambitions that transformed the media from something that followed the news to something that formed it, "The Powers That Be" is David Halberstam's forceful account

To Set The Record Straight by John J. Sirica

To Set The Record Straight

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To Set the Record Straight: The Break-in, the Tapes, the Conspirators, the Pardon, by Sirica, John J.

The Winner'S Circle by Charles Paul Conn

The Winner'S Circle

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The Winner's Circle....In Amway, individual heroism is identified, called by its name, and held aloft for all to see. There are still winners, still champions, still heroes in the world of Amway...Amway

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Apple Trek

Apple Trek

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Simulation

Publisher: Apple Inc

Armor Battle

Armor Battle

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Mattel Electronics

Speed Freak

Speed Freak

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Vectorbeam

NASL Soccer

NASL Soccer

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Traditional soccer simulation

Publisher: Mattel

Heiankyo Alien

Heiankyo Alien

Platform: PC-8001 Arcade Apple II Game Boy Super Famicom Microsoft Windows Mobile phone

Genre: Action, Puzzle, Maze

Publisher: Denki Onkyō (original release) Meldac (Game Boy) Nihon Bussan (Super Famicom)


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