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Monday 24 December 1979, Christmas Eve

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Virginie Arnold and Julia Polai. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. In UK Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was in the top 5 hits. Scavenger Hunt, directed by Michael Schultz, 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 The Ravelled Thread. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Monkey Magic or Cutie Q.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Scavenger Hunt

Directed by: Michael Schultz

Starring: Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers

Country: United States

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All That Jazz

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer

Country: United States

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The Black Hole

Directed by: Gary Nelson

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster

Country: United States

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Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas

Country: United States

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Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Ravelled Thread

Written by: John Lucarotti

Starring: Debby Cumming, Steven Grives, Austin Kent, Julia Lewis

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

Starring: Mikhail Boyarskiy, Venyamin Smekhov, Igor Starygin, Valentin Smirnitskiy

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The Duchess of Duke Street

Written by: John Hawkesworth

Starring: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh, John Cater

Country: United States

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Bob a Bobek, králíci z klobouku

Starring: Josef Dvorák

The Enchanted Castle

Starring: Candida Beveridge, Georgia Slowe, Simon Sheard, Marcus Scott-Barrett

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 December 1979 ?

  • December 24 is celebrated as the day before Christmas, thus called Christmas Eve.
  • It is the day when food is traditionally set out for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Children around the world are urged to go to bed early so they are not awake when he arrives.
  • In Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia among others, this is the day that presents are exchanged and opened.
  • The Declaration of Christmas Peace takes place in the Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City, according to old traditions dating back to the Middle Ages.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Virginie Arnold
  • Julia Polai: Austrian professional dancer, has danced since she was 17, being the daughter of two multiple Austrian champions and internationally successful professional dancers.
  • Chris Hero: American professional wrestler.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 1st Ariane-rocket launched
  • The first European Ariane rocket is launched.

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Shivering America -- Dec. 24, 1979
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8672
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: The Who -- Dec. 17, 1979


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

Sophie's Choice

By: William Styron

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 ...

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Restoring The American Dream

By: Robert J. Ringer

about human freedom. The author says "The American Dream was not about government's taking huge sums of money (under the label of "taxation") from citizens by force.

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Cruel Shoes

By: Steve Martin

Cruel Shoes

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The Right Stuff

By: Tom Wolfe

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Monkey Magic

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Breakout clone

Publisher: Nintendo

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Basic Programming

Platform: Atari 2600

Publisher: Atari

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Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari

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Cutie Q

Cutie Q

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Pinball, Breakout clone

Publisher: Namco

Deep Scan

Deep Scan

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

Publisher: Sega

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