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Thursday 24 May 1984

It was Thursday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Sarah Hagan and James Parker. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Let's Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams. In UK The Reflex by Duran Duran was in the top 5 hits. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, directed by Steven Spielberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984 while Balls by Graig Nettles and Peter Golenbock was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Six Centuries of Verse. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Booty or F-1 Race.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan

Country: United States

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The Natural

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close

Country: United States

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Sixteen Candles

Directed by: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

Country: United States

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The Bounty

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Starring: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier

Country: United States

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The Toxic Avenger

Directed by: Michael Herz

Starring: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Prichard

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Six Centuries of Verse

Starring: John Gielgud

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Rock 'N' America

Starring: Rick Ducommun, Russ Parr, Joe Simon, Frazer Smith

Country: United States

Mr. Palfrey of Westminster

Starring: Alec McCowen, Caroline Blakiston, Clive Wood, Briony McRoberts

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Teresa de Jesús

Starring: Concha Velasco, María Massip, Antonio Canal, Alicia Sánchez

Country: Spain

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Zlatniyat vek

Starring: Marius Donkin, Rumyan Lazov, Kiril Yanev, Vassil Mihajlov

Country: Bulgaria

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 May 1984 ?

  • 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.
Famous Birthdays:
  • James Parker: American homicide perpetrator, the younger of two boys who stabbed two Dartmouth professors to death, Half and Susanne Zantop.
  • Sarah Hagan: American actress.
  • Dmitri Kruglov: Estonian footballer.
  • Brodney Pool: American football player.
  • Ryan Wieber: American visual effects compositor and amateur filmmaker.
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  • Wiz opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC for 13 performances
  • Detroit Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game

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What news were making the headlines those days in May 1984?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Olympic Turmoil -- May 21, 1984
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8904
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Shirley MacLaine -- May 14, 1984


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


By: Graig Nettles and Peter Golenbock

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The Aquitaine Progression

By: Robert Ludlum

In Geneva, American lawyer Joel Converse meets a man he hasn’t seen in twenty years, a covert operative who dies violently at his feet, whispering words that hand Converse a staggering legacy of death: “The generals .

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The Haj

By: Leon Uris

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness and forgiveness.

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The Butter Battle Book

By: Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy ...

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Atari, Inc.

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Platform: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Plus/4, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Platform game

Publisher: Firebird

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River Patrol

River Patrol

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600

Genre: Action

Publisher: Kestern (Arcade) Tigervision (2600)

F-1 Race

Platform: Family Computer Game Boy

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Nintendo

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Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, PC Booter, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Activision

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