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Wednesday 31 December 1986, NewYear’s Eve

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Bronson Pelletier and Nate Freiman. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Walk Like An Egyptian by Bangles. In UK The Final Countdown by Europe was in the top 5 hits. Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986 while Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Dokugan-ryu Masamune. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Alex Kidd in Miracle World or Dynamite Dan II.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Little Shop of Horrors

Directed by: Frank Oz

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia

Country: United States

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Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

Country: United States

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The Golden Child

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Starring: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance

Country: United States

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¡Three Amigos!

Directed by: John Landis

Starring: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short

Country: United States

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Heartbreak Ridge

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released this week ?

Dokugan-ryu Masamune

Starring: Maiko Itô, Minken Karasawa, Yasuhiro Tanogashira, Ken Watanabe

Country: Japan

Gecenin öteki yüzü

Starring: Ece Alton, Haluk Bilginer, Müsfik Kenter, Haluk Kurtoglu

Country: Turkey

Zur Freiheit

Starring: Toni Berger, Ruth Drexel, Robert Giggenbach, Hans Schuler


Starring: Vijayendra Ghatge, Kiran Juneja, Anita Kanwar, Mazhar Khan

Country: India

Thinking Allowed

Starring: U.G. Krishnamurti, Jeffrey Mishlove

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1986 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico kills 97
  • Russian TU-144 flies for 1st time faster than sound
  • WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)
  • A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
  • The National park passport stamps program begins.

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What news were making the headlines those days in December 1986?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Letter to the Year 2086 -- Dec. 29, 1986
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Liet. Col. Oliver North -- Dec. 22, 1986
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.9043


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

Red Storm Rising

By: Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Ryan novels--including his latest blockbusters Command Authority and Threat Vector--delivers an electrifying tale of international conflict.Using

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By: Patrick Suskind

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.

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A Taste For Death

By: P. D. James

When the quiet Little Vestry of St. Matthew's Church becomes the blood-soaked scene of a double murder, Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh faces an intriguing conundrum: How did an upper-crust Minister come to lie, slit throat to slit throat, next ...

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The Polar Express

By: Chris Van Allsburg

1986 Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express ...

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

3-D Thunder Ceptor II

3-D Thunder Ceptor II

Platform: Arcade

Genre: 3D shooter

Publisher: Namco

Championship Baseball

Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Sports (Baseball)

Publisher: Activision

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Daikaijū no Gyakushū

Daikaijū no Gyakushū

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Taito Corporation

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Platform: Master System

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Sega

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Dynamite Dan II

Dynamite Dan II

Platform: Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Platform game

Publisher: Mirrorsoft

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