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Thursday 23 July 1981

It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Raphaël Personnaz and Jade Hsu. In that special week of July people in US were listening to The One That You Love by Air Supply. In UK Ghost Town by The Specials was in the top 5 hits. Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Clowns Of God by Morris West was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Bellamy. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Colony 7 or Madness and the Minotaur.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Heavy Metal

Directed by: Gerald Potterton

Starring: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty

Country: United States

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Blow Out

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Country: United States

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Endless Love

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Starring: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight

Country: United States

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Directed by: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pel

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Written by: Ron McLean

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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I Can Jump Puddles

Written by: Sonia Borg, Cliff Green, Alan Marshall (novel), Roger Simpson

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

Starring: Ross Bennett, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Randy Newman

Country: United States

Shillingbury Tales

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

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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SCTV Network

Starring: John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin

Country: Canada

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 July 1981 ?

  • Egypt - Revolution Day (1952)
  • St. Liborius
  • Catholic - the feasts of at least 2 saints: St. Apollinaris
  • Rastafari movement - Celebration of the birthday of Haile Selassie
  • Roman Empire - Neptunalia held in honor of Neptune
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What news were making the headlines those days in July 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Sandra Day O'Connor -- July 20, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8754
  • Time: Vietnam War veterans rights. Inset:, Menachem Begin by Hanoch Guthmann.


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

The Clowns Of God

By: Morris West

What would happen, if the members of the Roman Curia discovered that the Pope was about to publicly state that he had received a private revelation that the world was about

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The Art Of Japanese Management

By: Richard Tanner Pascale and Anthony G. Athos

Shows you how to use the best of Japanese business techniques.

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Theory Z

By: William G. Ouchi


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The Cardinal Sins

By: Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Colony 7

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito Corporation

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision

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Platform: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family

Genre: Action

Publisher: Activision

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Platform: Arcade (original) Commodore 64

Genre: Action

Publisher: Midway

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Madness and the Minotaur

Madness and the Minotaur

Platform: TRS-80 Color Computer

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Radio Shack

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