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Thursday 23 April 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Chris Sharma and Laly . In that special week of April people in US were listening to Kiss On My List by Daryl Hall & John Oates. In UK Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz was in the top 5 hits. Excalibur, directed by John Boorman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Funny Man. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Arena of Octos or Crush, Crumble and Chomp!.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?


Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay

Country: United States

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Directed by: Bruce Malmuth

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams

Country: United States

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Directed by: Michael Mann

Starring: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson

Country: United States

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The Howling

Directed by: Joe Dante

Starring: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan

Country: United States

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Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Funny Man

Starring: Jimmy Jewel, David Schofield, Andrew Fell, Jean Boht

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Hill Street Blues

Written by: Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll

Starring: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Country: United States

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Written by: Wendy Craig

Starring: Wendy Craig, John Quayle, Natalie Forbes

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Danger UXB

Written by: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Golden Age of Television

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 April 1981 ?

  • Saint Gerard (d.1138)
  • UNESCO International Day of the Book in honor of Shakespeare's and Cervantes's death on April 23, 1616.
  • Turkey - National Sovereignty and Children's Day (1920)
  • Israel - Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) for 2007: (the observed date of this national holiday is determined by the Jewish Calendar).
  • Independence Day for the Conch Republic
Famous Birthdays:
  • Chris Sharma: American rock climber/boulderer.
  • Laly
  • Gemma Whelan
  • Seka Aleksic
  • Gabriella Windsor: British royalty, known both professionally and personally as Ella Windsor, she is an English freelance feature writer, and the only daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (née Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Josep Pla: Catalan journalist and writer (Born 1897).

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What news were making the headlines those days in April 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Diana Spencer -- Apr. 20, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8741
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Reagan Shot -- Apr. 13, 1981


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

You Can Negotiate Anything

By: Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you're a negotiator. Whether you're dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor,

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By: Dick Francis

Longtime jockey Philip Nore suspects that a racetrack photographer's fatal accident was really murder--and unravels some nasty secrets of corruption, blackmail, and murder.

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The Last Mafioso

By: Ovid Demaris

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Maria Callas

By: Arianna Stassinopoulos

For millions of people, the great soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) remains the focus of such unparalleled fascination that there is still no higher praise for singers than "…the best since Callas."

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Activision

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Arena of Octos

Arena of Octos

Platform: Apple II, TRS-80

Genre: Combat

Publisher: SoftSide

Crush, Crumble and Chomp!

Platform: Apple II, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, DOS, TRS-80

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Epyx

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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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Space Eggs

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sirius Software

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