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Saturday 23 February 1980

It was Saturday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include John Maus and Yvonne Tousek in Kitchener. In that special week of February people in US were listening to Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. In UK Too Much Too Young (The Special AKA Live! EP) by The Specials was in the top 5 hits. Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession, directed by Nicolas Roeg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Yes Minister. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Dogfight or Space Firebird.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Mad Max

Directed by: George Miller

Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Country: United States

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The Fog

Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh

Country: United States

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Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen

Country: United States

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American Gigolo

Directed by: Paul Schrader

Starring: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

Country: United States

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Directed by: Tinto Brass

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Yes Minister

Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Starring: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Starring: Malcolm Stoddard, Andrew Burt, David Ashton, Peter Settelen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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One in a Million

Starring: Shirley Hemphill, Richard Paul, Carl Ballantine, Dorothy Fielding

Country: United States

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Free to Choose

Starring: Milton Friedman

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 February 1980 ?

  • Saint Milburga
  • Roman Empire - Terminalia held in honor of Terminus.
  • Russia - Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly Red Army Day or Day of Soviet Army and Navy).
  • Blessed odilia of Mombeek
  • Guyana - Mashramani-Republic Day.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-million-gallon spill.
  • Eric Heiden wins all five speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics.
  • Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.

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What news were making the headlines those days in February 1980?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Operation Abscam -- Feb. 18, 1980
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8679
  • Time: U.S. Olympic speed skaters Eric and Beth Heiden. Inset: Canadian flag


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

The Brethren

By: Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief

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By: Garson Kanin

In Moviola, Garson Kanin has written the ultimate Hollywood novel, encompassing the whole dazzling story of the movie business, from its beginnings with the invention of the nickelodeon to today, with

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The Devil'S Alternative

By: Frederick Forsyth

#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war… As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a

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Old Love

By: Isaac Bashevis Singer

This classic collection explores the varieties of wisdom gained with age and especially those that teach us how to love, as 'in love the young are just beginners and the art

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Apple II

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Microlab, Inc.

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Drag racing

Publisher: Activision

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Lords of Karma

Lords of Karma

Platform: Apple II, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Avalon Hill


Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Maze, Driving

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

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Space Firebird

Space Firebird

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Action

Publisher: JP Nintendo; NA Sega-Gremlin

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