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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 Déborah Anthonioz and Youssoupha . 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 The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Carol Burnett & Company. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galaxy Wars or Bomb Bee.
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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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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

Prisoner: Cell Block H

Starring: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance, Maggie Kirkpatrick

Country: Australia

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Eat Bulaga

Starring: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Ruby Rodriguez, Tito Sotto

Country: Philippines

Odisea burbujas

Written by: Silvia Roche

Starring: Aurora Alvarado, Rodrigo de la Mora, Humberto Espinoza, Arturo Laphan

Country: Mexico

Sapphire & Steel

Written by: Peter Hammond

Starring: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 29 August 1979 ?

  • 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.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Mary Marquet: Actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84.
  • 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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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


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

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 White Album

By: Joan Didion

First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era―including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and

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By: Trevanian

Nicholai Hel is the world’s most wanted man. Born in Shanghai during the chaos of World War I, he is the son of an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German

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There'S No Such Place As Far Away

By: Richard Bach

When she was about to turn five, a little girl named Rae Hansen invited Richard Bach to her birthday party. Though deserts, storms, mountains, and a thousand miles separated them, Rae

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Alien Attack

Platform: Handheld video game

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Coleco

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Galaxy Wars

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: Taito

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Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Vectorbeam

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Bomb Bee

Bomb Bee

Platform: Arcade, PlayStation

Genre: Pinball, Breakout clone

Publisher: Namco


Platform: Apple II

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Edu-Ware

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