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Wednesday 29 August 1979

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Natasha Fisher and Stijn Devolder. In that special week of August people in US were listening to My Sharona by The Knack. In UK I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats was in the top 5 hits. Time After Time, directed by Nicholas Meyer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Sophie'S Choice by William Styron was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Carol Burnett & Company. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Star Trek: Phaser Strike or Basic Programming.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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TV Series

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

Carol Burnett & Company

Starring: Alan Arkin, Sally Field, Cheryl Ladd

Country: United States

Sapphire & Steel

Written by: Peter Hammond

Starring: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Big Jim and the Figaro Club

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Norman Rossington, David Beckett, Sylvester McCoy

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Turtle's Progress

Starring: John F. Landry, Michael Attwell, Ruby Head, Tony London

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Highcliffe Manor

Written by: Brad Buckner

Starring: Shelley Fabares, Stephen McHattie, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Gerald Gordon

Country: United States

Movies

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

Time After Time

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner

Country: United States

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Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin

Country: United States

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Apocalypse Now

Directed by: Francis Coppola

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Country: United States

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More American Graffiti

Directed by: B.W.L. Norton

Starring: Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Ron Howard

Country: United States

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The Amityville Horror

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 29 August 1979 ?

Holidays:
  • The first day of Thoth - which is the first day of the Egyptian calendar. Thoth is the Ibis-headed god of knowledge.
  • Slovakia - Slovak National Uprising Day (1944, against the Nazis)
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholic Church commemorate the beheading of John the Baptist with a feast day
  • 1997 - Judgment Day, from the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Official Yakiniku Day in Japan as proclaimed by the All Japan Yakiniku Association.
Famous Birthdays:
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Famous Deaths:
  • Mary Marquet: Actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84.
Facts:
  • Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • A national referendum is held in which Somali voters approve a new liberal constitution, promulgated by President Siad Barre to placate the United States.
  • The U.S. ''Pioneer 11'' becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn, when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000nbspkm.
  • Dominica, Guyana St. Lucia recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1979?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Topsy-Turvy Economy -- Aug. 27, 1979
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8655
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Judging the Judges -- Aug. 20, 1979

Books

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

Sophie's Choice

By: William Styron

Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan ...

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Overload

By: Arthur Haile

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Memories of Another Day

By: Harold Robbins

From the depths of the poverty-stricken West Virginia coal mines to the heights of power as one of the nation’s most prominent and feared labor organizers, “Big Dan” Huggins is a hero worthy of Harold Robbins’ attention.

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Jailbird

By: Kurt Vonnegut

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.

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Star Trek: Phaser Strike

Platform: Microvision

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Milton Bradley

4-Player Bowling Alley

4-Player Bowling Alley

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Sports game

Publisher: Midway

Basic Programming

Platform: Atari 2600

Publisher: Atari

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Samurai (Europe) Dynasty! (US)

Samurai (Europe) Dynasty! (US)

Platform: Philips Videopac (Europe) Magnavox Odyssey² (US)

Genre: Strategy game

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox

Speed Freak

Speed Freak

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Vectorbeam


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