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Saturday 24 May 1980

It was Saturday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Billy L Sullivan in Long Island and Jason Babin. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Call Me by Blondie. In UK What's Another Year by Johnny Logan was in the top 5 hits. The Canterbury Tales, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Adventure Game. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Wizard and the Princess or Polaris.
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TV Series

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

The Adventure Game

Written by: Patrick Dowling

Starring: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fox

Starring: Bernard Hill, Derrick O'Connor, Larry Lamb, Ray Winstone

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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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God's Wonderful Railway

Starring: Ralph Arliss, John Barrett, Dale Bayford, June Brown

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Canterbury Tales

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Starring: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli

Country: United States

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The Shining

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Country: United States

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Country: United States

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Fame

Directed by: Alan Parker

Starring: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri

Country: United States

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Friday the 13th

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 May 1980 ?

Holidays:
  • Aldersgate Day (Methodism).
  • Canada: Victoria Day, on this date or the Monday before it. In Quebec, it is known as National Patriotes Day (JournTe nationale des patriotes). The holiday is often referred to as "May Two-Four," -- a "two-four" being slang for a case of beer with 24 bottles or cans.
  • Bermuda: Bermuda Day.
  • Eritrea: National Day.
  • Macedonia: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day celebrated as Macedonian Script and Culture Day.
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Facts:
  • Iran rejects a call to World Court to release US hostages
  • Stanley Cup: New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2.
  • The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran. The hostages would not be freed until the following January.

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Star Wars -- May 19, 1980
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8693
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Edmund Muskie -- May 12, 1980

Books

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

Smiley'S People

By: John le Carré

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom Hiddleston. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.Tell

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Jailbird

By: Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F.

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Restoring The American Dream

By: Robert J. Ringer

Restoring the American Dream

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Triple

By: Ken Follett

A New York Times bestselling novel of international suspense and terror from the author of The Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and A Column of Fire As Egypt comes closer and closer to developing a nuclear bomb, the ...

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Wizard and the Princess

Platform: Apple II, Apple II Plus, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64, IBM PC, PCjr, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

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Astro Invader

Platform: Arcade, Arcadia 2001

Genre: Retro, Fixed Shooter

Publisher: JP Konami; NA Stern Electronics

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Dragster

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Drag racing

Publisher: Activision

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Polaris

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Taito

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SOS

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Namco

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