Wednesday December 26, 1979

US date format: 12/26/1979, UK date format: 26/12/1979

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 26, 1979). 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 Daughtry and Mzbel. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. Action, directed by Tinto Brass, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Lord Schmetterhemd. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Star Trek: Phaser Strike or Bomb Bee.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • The first day of Christmas in Western Christianity.
  • First day of Kwanzaa
  • Boxing Day in the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Australia - Proclamation Day (South Australian public holiday), for the foundation of the Australian state of South Australia on December 28, 1836 but commemorated on this day.
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Events

  • In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.
  • The One Child Policy is introduced in China - it has since prevented about 400 million births.
  • VisiCalc becomes the first commercial spreadsheet program.
  • The first usenet experiments are conducted by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis of Duke University.
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Movies

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Action

Action

Directed by: Tinto Brass

Starring: Luc Merenda, Adriana Asti, Susanna Javicoli, Paola Senatore

Going in Style

Going in Style

Directed by: Martin Brest

Starring: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan

Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Emilia

Emilia

Directed by: Diogo M Borges

Anna

Anna

Directed by: Jorge Dorado

Der Millionenbauer

Der Millionenbauer

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance

Days to next December 26

If December 26, 1979 is your birthday you're 40 years, 9 months old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird

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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.

Smiley'S People by John le Carré

Smiley'S People

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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

With No Apologies by Barry M. Goldwater

With No Apologies

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For twenty-five years, America's most universally respected political figure has kept a secret: his private Alpha File that candidly records his private encounters with Kennedy, Carter, and other world leaders; chronicles

Triple by Ken Follett

Triple

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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 …

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone

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Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.Johnny

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Trek-80

Trek-80

Platform: TRS-80

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Bomb Bee

Bomb Bee

Platform: Arcade, PlayStation

Genre: Pinball, Breakout clone

Publisher: Namco

Space Fever

Space Fever

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Nintendo

Bowling

Bowling

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari


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