Tuesday August 26, 1980

US date format: 8/26/1980, UK date format: 26/8/1980

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Virgo (see birth chart on August 26, 1980). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Chris Pine and Macaulay Culkin. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Sailing by Christopher Cross. In UK The Winner Takes It All by Abba was in the top 5 hits. The Gods Must Be Crazy, directed by Jamie Uys, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Innocent Blood by P.D. James was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Eye on L.A.. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Akalabeth: World of Doom or Fishing Derby.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • RC saints - St Zephyrinus, Saint Ninian, David Lewis (one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales)
  • Namibia - Namibia Day or Heroes' Day
  • Zanzibar - Sultan's Birthday

Events

  • Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • John Birges plants a bomb at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.

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Movies

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The Gods Must Be Crazy

The Gods Must Be Crazy

Directed by: Jamie Uys

Starring: N!xau, Marius Weyers, Sandra Prinsloo, Louw Verwey

Country: United States of America

The Unseen

The Unseen

Directed by: Danny Steinmann

Starring: Stephen Furst, Barbara Bach, Sydney Lassick, Lelia Goldoni

Phobia

Phobia

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Paul Michael Glaser, Susan Hogan, John Colicos, David Bolt

The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday

Directed by: John Mackenzie

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan

Country: United States of America

Resurrection

Resurrection

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom

TV Series

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Eye on L.A.

Eye on L.A.

Hammer House of Horror

Hammer House of Horror

The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour

The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour

Plumas & Paetês

Plumas & Paetês

Super Friends

Super Friends

Days to next August 26

If August 26, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 26 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 11 months, 5 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Innocent Blood by P.D. James

Innocent Blood

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Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid.

The Spike by Arnaud de Borchgrave and Robert Moss

The Spike

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The Spike

Firestarter by Stephen King

Firestarter

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Master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic “terrifying…gripping” (Miami Herald) #1 New York Times bestseller—“his highest farenheit reading yet” (Time)!Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash, volunteering as test subjects for an …

Men In Love by Nancy Friday

Men In Love

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An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, Men In Love develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America.

The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

The Ninja

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"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,

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Akalabeth: World of Doom

Akalabeth: World of Doom

Platform: Apple II, DOS

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Co.

Boxing

Boxing

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Fighting, Sports

Publisher: Activision

Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure

Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure

Platform: Apple ][

Genre: RPG

Publisher: Synergistic Software

Sea Duel

Sea Duel

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Turn-based Strategy

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Fishing Derby

Fishing Derby

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports (fishing)

Publisher: Activision


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