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Friday 21 December 1979

It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Tuva Novotny and Sarah Maestri. 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. Scavenger Hunt, directed by Michael Schultz, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Triple by Ken Follett was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching D'artagnan and Three Musketeers. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Monkey Magic or Apple Trek.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

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 ?

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

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

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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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Bob a Bobek, králíci z klobouku

Starring: Josef Dvorák

The Enchanted Castle

Starring: Candida Beveridge, Georgia Slowe, Simon Sheard, Marcus Scott-Barrett

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Rose of Versailles

Starring: Reiko Tajima, Tarô Shigaki, Hisashi Katsuda, Nachi Nozawa

Country: Japan

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 December 1979 ?

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

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


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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By: Kurt Vonnegut

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.

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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: James Burke

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?

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Galaxy Wars

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito

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Monkey Magic

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Breakout clone

Publisher: Nintendo

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Apple Trek

Apple Trek

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Simulation

Publisher: Apple Inc

Radar Scope

Radar Scope

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Nintendo

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley

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