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Wednesday 23 May 1979

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Brian Campbell and Rasual Butler. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Reunited by Peaches & Herb. In UK Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel was in the top 5 hits. The Brood, directed by David Cronenberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while The Stories Of John Cheever by John Cheever was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Cities. If you liked videogames you were probably playing ABPA Backgammon or Temple of Apshai.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Brood

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

Country: United States

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Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt

Country: United States

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Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway

Country: United States

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Dawn of the Dead

Directed by: George A. Romero

Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger

Country: United States

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Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Starring: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Starring: Glenn Gould, Anthony Burgess, R.D. Laing, Hugh MacDiarmid

Country: Canada

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Turtle's Progress

Starring: John F. Landry, Michael Attwell, Ruby Head, Tony London

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Highcliffe Manor

Written by: Brad Buckner

Starring: Shelley Fabares, Stephen McHattie, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Gerald Gordon

Country: United States

J.J. de Bom voorheen: 'De kindervriend'

Starring: Wieteke van Dort, Joost Prinsen, Aart Staartjes, Hans Dorrestijn


Written by: Vivian Horner, Sandy Kavanaugh

Starring: Elizabeth Abbassi, Dale Engel, George James, Jim Jinkins

Country: Canada

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 May 1979 ?

  • World Turtle Day
  • Saint Desiderius
  • Saint Guibert of Gemblours
  • Saint Montana
  • Bah�'f Faith: Declaration of the B�b
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Famous Deaths:
  • Kids Are All Right premieres
  • West-Germany elects Karl Carstens President
  • Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Afghanistan recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport, killing all 271 on board and 2 people on the ground in the deadliest aviation accident in U. S. history.

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What news were making the headlines those days in May 1979?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Salt II Debate -- May 21, 1979
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8641
  • Time: British PM Margaret Thatcher


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

The Stories Of John Cheever

By: John Cheever

NATIONAL BESTSELLERWinner of the Pulitzer PrizeWhen The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. In

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Good As Gold

By: Joseph Heller

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

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The Matarese Circle

By: Robert Ludlum

An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov,

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By: Arthur Hailey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Arthur Hailey’s suspense-charged novel presents a terrifying question: What happens when a terrorist attack shuts down the power in America’s largest state? In

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Dungeon of Death

Platform: Commodore PET

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Instant Software

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NASL Soccer

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Traditional soccer simulation

Publisher: Mattel

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ABPA Backgammon

ABPA Backgammon

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Board game

Publisher: Mattel Electronics Sears

Galaxy Wars

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito

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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

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