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Wednesday 26 August 1981

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Christina Cindrich and Jesse Martin. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Endless Love by Diana Ross. In UK Green Door by Shakin' Stevens was in the top 5 hits. Body Heat, directed by Lawrence Kasdan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Now Get Out of That. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Arena of Octos or Astro Fantasia.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna

Country: United States

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Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr

Country: United States

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An American Werewolf in London

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher

Country: United States

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Heavy Metal

Directed by: Gerald Potterton

Starring: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty

Country: United States

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Blow Out

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Now Get Out of That

Starring: Bernard Falk

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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MTV Music Television

Starring: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson

Country: United States


Written by: Ron McLean

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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I Can Jump Puddles

Written by: Sonia Borg, Cliff Green, Alan Marshall (novel), Roger Simpson

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 26 August 1981 ?

  • 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
Famous Birthdays:
  • Christina Cindrich
  • Jesse Martin: German-Australian sailor.
  • Gwyneth Thomas: American triplet and noted family, second daughter of actor Richard Thomas and his wife Alma.
  • Pilar Thomas: American triplet and third born daughter of actor Richard Thomas and his wife Alma.
  • Barbara Thomas: American noted family and first born of triplets born to actor Richard Thomas and his wife Alma.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Roger Nash Baldwin: founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (Born 1884).
  • Lee Elhardt Hays: American folksinger (Born 1914).
  • Lee Hays: American singer-songwriter (The Weavers and Almanac Singers) (d. 1981).
  • Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission

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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: James Rouse -- Aug. 24, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8759
  • Time: Air Traffic Controllers' Strike. Inset: protestors in Poland


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

You Can Negotiate Anything

By: Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen believes the world is a giant negotiating table and, like it or not, you're a negotiator. Whether you're dealing with your spouse, boss, department store, bank manager, children, solicitor,

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God Emperor Of Dune

By: Frank Herbert

Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity

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Gorky Park

By: Martin Cruz Smith

“Brilliant . . . enough enigmas within enigmas within enigmas to reel the mind.”–The New YorkerA triple murder in a Moscow amusement center: three corpses found frozen in the snow, faces

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Noble House

By: James Clavell

The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes–fire, flood, landslide.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Castle Wolfenstein

Platform: Apple II, DOS, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64

Genre: Stealth, action-adventure, shooter

Publisher: Muse Software

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Laser Blast

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Activision

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Arena of Octos

Arena of Octos

Platform: Apple II, TRS-80

Genre: Combat

Publisher: SoftSide

Astro Fantasia

Astro Fantasia

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Scrolling shooter

Publisher: Data East

Solar Fox

Solar Fox

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Puzzle

Publisher: CBS Electronics

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