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Thursday 31 December 1981, NewYear’s Eve

It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Matthew Pavlich and Ricky Whittle. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Physical by Olivia Newton-John. In UK Don't You Want Me by The Human League was in the top 5 hits. Neighbors, directed by John G. Avildsen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while Bread Upon The Waters by Irwin Shaw was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Price iz radionice. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Armored Car or Caverns of Mars.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?


Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kathryn Walker

Country: United States

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Over the Edge

Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

Starring: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig

Country: United States

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Directed by: Harold Becker

Starring: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox

Country: United States

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On Golden Pond

Directed by: Mark Rydell

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda

Country: United States

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Directed by: Warren Beatty

Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Written by: Wilfred Greatorex

Starring: Roy Marsden, Richard Heffer, Sean Scanlan, Polly Hemingway

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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New Wave Theatre

Starring: Peter Ivers, Band, Sandy Fury

Country: United States

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:20 Minute Workout

Starring: Bess Motta, Holly Butler, Deborah Corday, DeLee Lively

Country: United States

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It Takes a Worried Man

Written by: Peter Tilbury

Starring: Peter Tilbury, Diana Payan, Andrew Tourell, Christopher Benjamin

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Movie Macabre

Starring: Cassandra Peterson

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1981 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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Famous Deaths:
  • CNN Headline News debuts.
  • Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000.
  • A coup d'etat in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann's PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
  • Heavy snow causes many houses and buildings to collapse in northwestern Japan 152 are killed (from January to March).

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What news were making the headlines those days in December 1981?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: General Jaruzelski -- Dec. 28, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8777
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Muammar Gaddafi -- Dec. 21, 1981


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

Bread Upon The Waters

By: Irwin Shaw

Bread Upon the Waters

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By: Carl Sagan

RETURNING TO TELEVISION AS AN ALL-NEW MINISERIES ON FOXCosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a

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The Cardinal Sins

By: Andrew M. Greeley

The Cardinal Sins ignited a worldwide sensation when it first appeared nearly thirty years ago. Selling more than three million copies, it launched Andrew M.

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By: Kit Williams

Schocken Books. NY. Copyright-1979. This publication-1980. "First American edition". First printing (no later dates, number/letter lines). Blue boards with impression of author's initials (KW) on lower corner of front board.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Pacific Novelty

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Video Life

Platform: Atari 2600

Genre: Life simulation game

Publisher: CommaVid

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Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Puzzle

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Armored Car

Armored Car

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Stern Electronics

Caverns of Mars

Platform: Atari 8-bit

Genre: scrolling shooter

Publisher: Atari Program Exchange

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