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Sunday 28 October 1979

It was Sunday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Aki Hakala and Brett Dennen. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Rise by Herb Alpert. In UK Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles was in the top 5 hits. Quadrophenia, directed by Franc Roddam, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while The Establishment by Howard Fast was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Rose of Versailles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Star Trek: Phaser Strike or Tail Gunner.
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Directed by: Franc Roddam

Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis

Country: United States

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Directed by: Jean Rollin

Starring: Franca Ma, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean-Marie Lemaire

Country: United States

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Sisters of the Gion

Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi

Starring: Isuzu Yamada, Yko Umemura, Benkei Shiganoya

Country: United States

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...And Justice for All.

Directed by: Norman Jewison

Starring: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe

Country: United States

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The Black Stallion

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Rose of Versailles

Starring: Reiko Tajima, Tarô Shigaki, Hisashi Katsuda, Nachi Nozawa

Country: Japan

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The Legend of King Arthur

Starring: Andrew Burt, Felicity Dean, Maureen O'Brien, David Robb

Country: Australia

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O symvolaiografos

Starring: Giorgos Danis

Country: Greece

Sonne, Wein und harte Nüsse

Starring: Erik Ode, Hilde Volk, Hans-Joachim Frick, Marianne Borgo

Country: Germany

Struck by Lightning

Starring: Jack Elam, Jeffrey Kramer, Millie Slavin, Bill Erwin

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 28 October 1979 ?

  • St. Anastasia II
  • St. Remigius
  • Greece - Oxi (No) Day
  • Czechoslovakia - gains its independence from Austria-Hungary (1918); Holiday in the Czech Republic, Remembrance Day in Slovakia.
  • Also see October 28 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
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  • Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • Arnold Soboloff, American stage actor (Peter Pan), suffers a heart attack while performing in New York and dies at age 48.

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Sport Games on 28 October 1979

American Football
  • Buffalo Bills - Detroit Lions : 20 - 17
  • Chicago Bears - San Francisco 49ers : 28 - 27
  • Cleveland Browns - St. Louis Cardinals : 38 - 20
  • Dallas Cowboys - Pittsburgh Steelers : 3 - 14
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What news were making the headlines those days in October 1979?

  • Time: The Squeeze '79' Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Inset:, Fidel Castro at the UN, from Abba
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8663
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Pope John Paul II -- Oct. 15, 1979


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

The Establishment

By: Howard Fast

She'll stand up for her family, no matter the cost Former socialite Barbara Lavette is unconcerned about the gossip that surrounds her new marriage. However, her husband Bernie, a poor mechanic whom she met in the midst of World War ...

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The Matarese Circle

By: Robert Ludlum

An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov,

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The Right Stuff

By: Tom Wolfe

From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space.

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Shadow Of The Moon

By: M.M. Kaye

M. M. Kaye, author of The Far Pavilions, sweeps her readers back to the vast, glittering, sunbaked continent of India. Shadow of the Moon is the story of Winter de Ballesteros,

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Cosmic Guerilla

Cosmic Guerilla

Platform: Arcade (original) ZX Spectrum

Genre: Fixed shooter

Galaxy Wars

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito

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Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley

Tail Gunner

Tail Gunner

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Vectorbeam

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