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Saturday 31 December 1988, NewYear’s Eve

It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Valentin Montand and Valentin Livi. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison. In UK Mistletoe And Wine by Cliff Richard was in the top 5 hits. Beaches, directed by Garry Marshall, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988 while The Queen Of The Damned by Anne Rice was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching USA Up All Night. If you liked videogames you were probably playing F-1 Dream or Donald Land.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Working Girl

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver

Country: United States

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Dangerous Liaisons

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer

Country: United States

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Directed by: Frank Oz

Starring: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly

Country: United States

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Rain Man

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino

Country: United States

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Mississippi Burning

Directed by: Alan Parker

Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

The New Yankee Workshop

Starring: Norm Abram

Country: United States

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You Rang, M'Lord?

Starring: Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Donald Hewlett

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Rainbow

Starring: Imogen Stubbs, Martin Wenner, Jane Gurnett, Colin Tarrant

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

Written by: Joel Hodgson

Starring: Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Jim Mallon, Michael J. Nelson

Country: United States

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American Experience

Written by: Henry Hampton, Stephen Fitzmeyer

Starring: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1988 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Valentin Montand: French noted family, son of actor Yves Montand and his companion Carole Amiel.
  • Valentin Livi: French noted family, unwed parents; son of actor Yves Montand (born Ivo Livi) and his companion Carole Amiel.
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Sport Games on 31 December 1988

American Football
  • Philadelphia Eagles - Chicago Bears : 12 - 20
  • Seattle Seahawks - Cincinnati Bengals : 13 - 21
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1988?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Yasser Arafat -- Dec. 26, 1988
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.9151
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ronald Reagan, George Bush & Mikhail Gorbachev -- Dec. 19, 1988


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

The Queen Of The Damned

By: Anne Rice

In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night.

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All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

By: Robert Fulghum

Twenty-five years ago, Robert Fulghum published a simple credo—a credo that became the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

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The First Salute

By: Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of the classic The Guns of August, turns her sights homeward with this brilliant, insightful narrative of the Revolutionary War.

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By: James A. Michener

In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

Platform: Family Computer Disk System, Family Computer, Mobile Phones (i-mode), Wii (Virtual Console), Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console), Wii U (Virtual Console)

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Konami

F-1 Dream

F-1 Dream

Platform: Arcade PC Engine

Genre: Formula One racing

Publisher: Capcom (AC) NEC Avenue (PCE)

Donald Land

Platform: Family Computer

Genre: Action[2] Platformer

Publisher: Data East

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John Madden Football

Platform: Commodore 64/Commodore 128, Apple II, MS-DOS

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Electronic Arts

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Platform: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, ZX Spectrum.

Genre: Text adventure

Publisher: Mandarin Software

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