Friday December 21, 1979

US date format: 12/21/1979, UK date format: 21/12/1979

It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 21, 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 Tuva Novotny and Steve Montador. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. In UK Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was in the top 5 hits. Going in Style, directed by Martin Brest, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Serpentine by Thomas Thompson was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Lord Schmetterhemd. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Head On or Speed Freak.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.

Events

  • Zimbabwe adopts constitution.
  • Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game.

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Movies

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Going in Style

Going in Style

Directed by: Martin Brest

Starring: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan

Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Country: United States of America

The Electric Horseman

The Electric Horseman

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson

TV Series

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Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Emilia

Emilia

Directed by: Diogo M Borges

Anna

Anna

Directed by: Jorge Dorado

Der Millionenbauer

Der Millionenbauer

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

Starring: Mikhail Boyarskiy, Venyamin Smekhov, Igor Starygin, Valentin Smirnitskiy

Days to next December 21

If December 21, 1979 is your birthday you're 40 years, 8 months, 30 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 1 day.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Serpentine by Thomas Thompson

Serpentine

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With compelling style and suspense this true-crime book reconstructs the bizarre, bloody journey of a mesmerizing but sinister young man named Charles Sobhraj.

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Sophie's Choice

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Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan …

Connections by James Burke

Connections

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How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century lead to the invention of the printing press? How did the waterwheel evolve into the computer?

White House Years by Henry Kissinger

White House Years

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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

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird

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Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Sheriff

Sheriff

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Nintendo (Japan, Europe) Exidy (North America)

Super Invader

Super Invader

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space Invaders clone fixed shooter

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Company

Head On

Head On

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Driving, Maze

Publisher: Sega/Gremlin

ABPA Backgammon

ABPA Backgammon

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Board game

Publisher: Mattel Electronics Sears

Speed Freak

Speed Freak

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Vectorbeam


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