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Wednesday 23 September 1981

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Natalie Horler and Thomas Mege. In that special week of September people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Tainted Love by Soft Cell was in the top 5 hits. Chariots of Fire, directed by Hugh Hudson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Keep It Simple by Marian Burros was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Rod, Jane and Freddy. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galaxian 2 or Sky Skipper.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Chariots of Fire

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Country: United States

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The French Lieutenant's Woman

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae

Country: United States

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Mommie Dearest

Directed by: Frank Perry

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Country: United States

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Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna

Country: United States

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Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Movie Macabre

Starring: Cassandra Peterson

Country: United States

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Only Fools and Horses....

Written by: John Sullivan

Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Shillingbury Tales

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

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Into the Labyrinth

Starring: Pamela Salem, Charlie Caine, Ron Moody, Lisa Turner

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 September 1981 ?

  • RC Saints - Feast day of Saint Adomnan of Iona, Saint Constantius, Saint Thecla.
  • French Republican Calendar - Safran (Saffron) Day, second day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • Saudi Arabia - National Day (unification 1932)
  • Japanese Autumnal equinox Day (????/Sh?bun no hi)
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day - September 23rd of every year is designated as Celebrate Bisexuality Day and celebrated by members of the bisexual community and their allies worldwide. Observed annually since 1999.
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What news were making the headlines those days in September 1981?

  • Time: Inset: cuniform tablet from Syrian city Ebla by Eric Lessing.
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8763
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Senator Jesse Helms -- Sep. 14, 1981


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

Keep It Simple

By: Marian Burros

A New York Times food columnist presents more than two hundred recipes for easy-to-prepare dishes, including meals for vegetarians, dieters, large groups of people, and others.

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The Eagle'S Gift

By: Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda takes the reader into the very heart of sorcery, challenging both imagination and reason, shaking the very foundations of our belief in what is "natural" and "logical."His

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The Glitter Dome

By: Joseph Wambaugh

It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets.

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How To Make Love To A Man

By: Alexandra Penney

ASK ANY MAN. If you can get him to admit it, he'll probably tell you that he would like to be made love to almost as much as being a

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Mystery Fun House

Mystery Fun House

Platform: Apple II Plus, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Vic 20, TI 99/4a, Atari 400, Atari 800, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International


Platform: Intellivision, Atari 2600 Mattel Aquarius

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Mattel

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Galaxian 2

Genre: Arcade, Galaxian derivative

Publisher: Entex Industries

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Sky Skipper

Platform: Arcade game, Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Nintendo Parker Bros.

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Platform: Arcade Atari 2600 Atari 5200

Genre: Multi-scrolling shooter Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: SNK[2][3] Centuri [4] Zaccaria

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