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Monday 21 September 1981

It was Monday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Nicole Richie and Rimi Sen. In that special week of September people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Tainted Love by Soft Cell was in the top 5 hits. Chariots of Fire, directed by Hugh Hudson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Movie Macabre. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galaga or Video Life.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Chariots of Fire

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Country: United States

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae

Country: United States

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Mommie Dearest

Directed by: Frank Perry

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Country: United States

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Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna

Country: United States

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Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Movie Macabre

Starring: Cassandra Peterson

Country: United States

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Only Fools and Horses....

Written by: John Sullivan

Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Shillingbury Tales

Starring: Robin Nedwell, Diane Keen, Jack Douglas, Joe Black

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Into the Labyrinth

Starring: Pamela Salem, Charlie Caine, Ron Moody, Lisa Turner

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 September 1981 ?

  • Mabon - Neopagan festival of Mabon
  • International Day of Peace of the United Nations, as propagated by Peace One Day
  • In ancient Greece, the eighth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the secret rites in the Telesterion finish and the feast, Pannychis, begins.
  • Philippines - Thanksgiving Day
  • Independence Day in Malta (1964), Belize (1981) & Armenia (1991)
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Famous Deaths:
  • Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from the UK
  • Steve Carlton strikes out National League record 3,118th (Andre Dawson).
  • Belize is granted full independence from the United Kingdom.
  • Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female Supreme Court justice.
  • Belize becomes independent.

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Sport Games on 21 September 1981

American Football
  • Dallas Cowboys - New England Patriots : 35 - 21
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What news were making the headlines those days in September 1981?

  • Time: Inset: cuniform tablet from Syrian city Ebla by Eric Lessing.
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8763
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Senator Jesse Helms -- Sep. 14, 1981


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

The Lord God Made Them All

By: James Herriot

The triumphant conclusion to the legendary seriesWith each book more engaging than the last, James Herriot once again brings us the magical beauty of Yorkshire through his uplifting experiences as a

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The Hite Report On Male Sexuality

By: Shere Hite

"A riveting document!"NEWSWEEKOver 7,000 men, ages thirteen to ninety-seven, speak out about: What they think of women--as wives, lovers, and friends; why a majority of men like marriage but are not

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The Cinderella Complex

By: Colette Dowling

Cinderella Complex

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Never-Say-Diet Book

By: Richard Simmons

"I don't believe in fast, painless, or miracle ways of losing weight" In fact, famous weight-loss expert Richard Simmons doesn't even like the word diet (Take a look at those first

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade Atari 2600 Game Boy Advance (in Defender (2002)) PlayStation 2 (in Midway Arcade Treasures PlayStation Portable (in Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play)

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Williams Electronics

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Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

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Lady Bug

Platform: Arcade, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Universal Entertainment Corporation. Home versions licensed via Taito.

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Platform: Arcade ColecoVision Intellivision

Genre: Arcade-style racing

Publisher: Sega

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Video Life

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Life simulation game

Publisher: CommaVid

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