Friday February 29, 1980

US date format: 2/29/1980, UK date format: 29/2/1980

It was Friday, under the sign of Pisces (see birth chart on February 29, 1980). 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 Taylor Twellman and Simon Gagne. In that special week of February people in US were listening to Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. In UK Too Much Too Young (The Special AKA Live! EP) by The Specials was in the top 5 hits. Defiance, directed by John Flynn, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Fox. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Horse Racing or Fishing Derby.
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Historical Events

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  • Michael Bracey ends 59 hours 55 minutes trapped in an elevator, England.
  • Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.

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Movies

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Defiance

Defiance

Directed by: John Flynn

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello, Rudy Ramos

A Small Circle of Friends

A Small Circle of Friends

Directed by: Rob Cohen

Starring: Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker, Shelley Long

Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Directed by: Michael Apted

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Country: United States of America

The Black Marble

The Black Marble

Directed by: Harold Becker

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Babcock

Death Ship

Death Ship

Directed by: Alvin Rakoff

Starring: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

TV Series

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Fox

Fox

Starring: Bernard Hill, Derrick O'Connor, Larry Lamb, Ray Winstone

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

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Timelapse

United States

United States

From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Days to next February 29

If February 29, 1980 is your birthday you're 40 years, 6 months, 25 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 5 months, 5 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

Princess Daisy

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She was born Princess Marguerite Alexandrovna Valensky. But everyone called her Daisy. She was a blonde beauty living in a world of aristocrats and countless wealthy. Her father was a prince, a Russian nobleman.

The Brethren by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong

The Brethren

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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action.Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief

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

Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin

Cruel Shoes

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Cruel Shoes

Old Love by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Old Love

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This classic collection explores the varieties of wisdom gained with age and especially those that teach us how to love, as 'in love the young are just beginners and the art

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Navarone

Navarone

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Namco

Voodoo Castle

Voodoo Castle

Platform: Apple II Plus, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Vic 20, TI 99/4a, Commodore 64, Macintosh, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Dragon 32/64

Genre: text adventure

Publisher: Adventure International

Midway Campaign

Midway Campaign

Platform: MS-DOS, Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64, Commodore PET, TRS-80, VIC 20

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Microcomputer Games Inc

Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Sports/Racing/Thoroughbred horse racing/Gambling

Publisher: Mattel

Fishing Derby

Fishing Derby

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Sports (fishing)

Publisher: Activision


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