Thursday August 23, 1979

US date format: 8/23/1979, UK date format: 23/8/1979

It was Thursday, under the sign of Virgo (see birth chart on August 23, 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 Clare Grant and Ritchie Neville. In that special week of August people in US were listening to My Sharona by The Knack. In UK I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats was in the top 5 hits. Org, directed by Fernando Birri, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Sophie's Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Ride on Stranger. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Temple of Apshai or Deep Scan.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Astrology - Last day of sun sign Leo in the tropical zodiac
  • Swaziland - Umhlanga Day
  • Romania - Liberation Day (1944)
  • RC Saints - Saint Rose of Lima
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Events

  • Iran army opens offensive against Kurds
  • Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in New York City.
  • Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.

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Movies

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Org

Org

Directed by: Fernando Birri

Starring: Terence Hill, Lidija Juracik, Isaac Twen Obu, Nolika Pareda

Home Movies

Home Movies

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: Nancy Allen, Mary Davenport, Kirk Douglas, Vincent Gardenia

Kaala Patthar

Kaala Patthar

Directed by: Yash Chopra

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhee Gulzar

Fish Hawk

Fish Hawk

Directed by: Donald Shebib

Starring: Will Sampson, Don Francks, Charles Fields, Mary Pirie

Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Country: United States of America

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TV Series

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Ride on Stranger

Ride on Stranger

Jigsaw

Jigsaw

Directed by: Michael Spierig

The Mallens

The Mallens

Directed by: Brian Mills

240-Robert

240-Robert

Stone

Stone

Days to next August 23

If August 23, 1979 is your birthday you're 41 years, 1 month, 2 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 10 months, 29 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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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 …

Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe

Class Reunion

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Fictional Novel, Literary Fiction

Good As Gold by Joseph Heller

Good As Gold

By:

Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for

Starting In The Middle by Judith Wax

Starting In The Middle

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Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 204 Pages

Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

Hanta Yo

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Stated first edition.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Trek-80

Trek-80

Platform: TRS-80

Galaxy Wars

Galaxy Wars

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito

Temple of Apshai

Temple of Apshai

Platform: TRS-80, Commodore PET, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Dungeon crawl RPG

Publisher: Automated Simulations

Lunar Rescue

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

Deep Scan

Deep Scan

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Sega Saturn (as a minigame in Die Hard Arcade)

Publisher: Sega


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