Friday August 28, 1981

US date format: 8/28/1981, UK date format: 28/8/1981

It was Friday, under the sign of Virgo (see birth chart on August 28, 1981). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), 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 Clarisa Fernández and Gavin Griffin. 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. They All Laughed, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Cardinal Sins by Andrew M. Greeley was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Only Fools and Horses..... If you liked videogames you were probably playing Make Trax or Black Hole.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Many Christian churches: feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo.
  • Hong Kong: Liberation Day (1945)

Events

  • Sebastian Coe of the UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • US National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men.
  • John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to kill US President Ronald Reagan.

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Movies

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They All Laughed

They All Laughed

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, Patti Hansen, John Ritter

Nobody's Perfekt

Nobody's Perfekt

Directed by: Peter Bonerz

Starring: Gabe Kaplan, Alex Karras, Robert Klein, Susan Clark

Body Heat

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Country: United States of America

Heartbreak High

Heartbreak High

Directed by: Mark Warren

Starring: John Vernon, Norman Fell, Robert Forster, Thom Haverstock

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Country: United States of America

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TV Series

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Only Fools and Horses....

Only Fools and Horses....

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Starring: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ulysses 31

Ulysses 31

Starring: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot

Country: France

Best of the West

Best of the West

Space Stars

Space Stars

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Days to next August 28

If August 28, 1981 is your birthday you're 39 years, 28 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 11 months, 3 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Free Fall In Crimson by John D. MacDonald

Free Fall In Crimson

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From a beloved master of crime fiction, Free Fall in Crimson is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.

Night Probe! by Clive Cussler

Night Probe!

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In the midst of an international crisis, Heidi Milligan, a beautiful, brilliant American naval commander, accidentally discovers an obscure reference to the long-buried North American Treaty, a precedent-shattering secret pact between

Goodbye, Janette by Harold Robbins

Goodbye, Janette

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A dynasty of women triumphs in the fiercely male-dominated world of high fashion amid the ruins of war. A daughter honors her mother’s ultimate sacrifice—by becoming a ruthless businesswoman who will

The Hite Report On Male Sexuality by Shere Hite

The Hite Report On Male Sexuality

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"A riveting document!"NEWSWEEKOver 7,000 men, ages thirteen to ninety-seven, speak out about: What they think of women--as wives, lovers, and friends; why a majority of men like marriage but are not

The Third Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders

The Third Deadly Sin

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Retired cop Edward X. Delaney takes on a female serial killer in this spine-tingling masterwork of suspense by New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Sanders By day, she’s a middle-aged secretary

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Cranston Manor

Cranston Manor

Platform: Apple II, FM-7, PC-88, PC-98

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: On-Line Systems

Make Trax

Make Trax

Platform: Arcade (original), Famicom, Neo Geo Pocket Color

Genre: Maze game

Publisher: Kural Samno (Japan) Williams (North America) Karateco / Exidy (Europe)

Caverns of Mars

Caverns of Mars

Platform: Atari 8-bit

Genre: scrolling shooter

Publisher: Atari Program Exchange

Black Hole

Black Hole

Platform: Arcade Game

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Tokyo Denshi Sekkei

Video Life

Video Life

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Life simulation game

Publisher: CommaVid


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