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Friday 30 May 1980

It was Friday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Steven Gerrard and Jena Lee (anchor). In that special week of May people in US were listening to Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.. In UK What's Another Year by Johnny Logan was in the top 5 hits. Urban Cowboy, directed by James Bridges, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Portraits by Cynthia Freeman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Adventure Game. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Wizard of Wor or Warlords.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Urban Cowboy

Directed by: James Bridges

Starring: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn

Country: United States

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No Regrets for Our Youth

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Denjir kchi

Country: United States

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The Canterbury Tales

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Starring: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli

Country: United States

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The Shining

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd

Country: United States

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Yes Minister

Starring: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Starring: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Starring: Malcolm Stoddard, Andrew Burt, David Ashton, Peter Settelen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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One in a Million

Starring: Shirley Hemphill, Richard Paul, Carl Ballantine, Dorothy Fielding

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 30 May 1980 ?

  • Saint Reinhilde
  • Peru ? National Potato Day [1].
  • United States ? Memorial Day (originally ? currently last Monday in May).
  • Saint Ferdinand III
  • Saint Gabinus
Famous Birthdays:
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Famous Deaths:
  • Timmy Caldwell: rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies.
  • Carl Radle: American bass player and producer (Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos) (d. 1980).
  • 1st papal visit to France since 1814
  • Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires
  • Twins Ken Landreaux ends his hitting streak after 31 games

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What news were making the headlines those days in May 1980?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: The Picasso Show -- May 26, 1980
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8694
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Star Wars -- May 19, 1980


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


By: Cynthia Freeman

From New York’s Lower East Side to San Francisco, four generations of an immigrant family in America come to vivid life in this timeless saga by bestselling author Cynthia FreemanIn an

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Men In Love

By: Nancy Friday

An extraordinary, explicitly masculine journey, Men In Love develops a startlingly honest portrayal of what it means to be a man in contemporary America.

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Thy Neighbor'S Wife

By: Gay Talese

The provocative classic work newly updatedAn intimate personal odyssey across America's changing sexual landscapeWhen first published, Gay Talese's 1981 groundbreaking work, Thy Neighbor's Wife, shocked a nation with its powerful, eye-opening

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The Real War

By: Richard Nixon

The Real War

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Mission Asteroid

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64

Genre: Adventure

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Wizard of Wor

Platform: Arcade, ported to Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Bally Astrocade

Genre: Action/maze

Publisher: Midway; CBS Electronics (Atari 2600); Roklan (Atari 8-bit)

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Astro Fighter

Astro Fighter

Platform: Arcade Game, Microtan 65

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Publisher: JP Data East; NA Gremlin/Sega

King & Balloon

King & Balloon

Platform: Arcade, MSX

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; NA GamePlan


Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Xbox Live Arcade

Publisher: Atari

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