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Sunday 25 May 1980

It was Sunday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Joe King and Terra Jole. 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 Whip Hand by Dick Francis was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Adventure Game. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Astro Invader or Crazy Balloon.
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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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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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TV Series

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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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The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Starring: Malcolm Stoddard, Andrew Burt, David Ashton, Peter Settelen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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One in a Million

Starring: Shirley Hemphill, Richard Paul, Carl Ballantine, Dorothy Fielding

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 25 May 1980 ?

  • Ancient Latvia - Urbanas Diena observed
  • Saint Reinolf
  • Saint Marie-Madeleine-Sofie Barat (died 1865)
  • Virginia - Confederate Memorial Day (1868)
  • Argentina - Day of May Revolution/National Day (1810)
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  • Musical Chairs closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • John Frum supporters in Vanuatu storm government offices on the island of Tanna. Vanuatu government troops land the next day and drive them away.
  • In South Korea, military government forces and pro-democracy protesters clash 2,000 protesters die.
  • Vernon Jordan is shot and critically injured in an assassination attempt in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Joseph Paul Franklin (the first major news story for CNN).

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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


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

Whip Hand

By: Dick Francis

Sid Halley's glory days as a jockey are over, but he still finds a certain satisfaction in successfully solving a case.

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By: Cynthia Freeman

From New York’s Lower East Side to San Francisco, four generations of an immigrant family in America come to vivid life in this timeless saga by bestselling author Cynthia FreemanIn an

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The Ninja

By: Eric Van Lustbader

"Totally absorbing...as gripping a tale of hatred and revenge as you will read...It is superb."NEWS RECORDThis is the story of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a man caught between East and West,

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War Within And Without

By: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Fighting, Sports

Publisher: Activision

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Space Zap

Space Zap

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Arcade, action

Publisher: Bally Midway

Star Castle

Platform: Arcade, Vectrex

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Cinematronics

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Astro Invader

Platform: Arcade, Arcadia 2001

Genre: Retro, Fixed Shooter

Publisher: JP Konami; NA Stern Electronics

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Crazy Balloon

Crazy Balloon

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze game

Publisher: Taito

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