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Friday 31 July 1981

It was Friday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include JSon Dinant and Matthew Sanders. In that special week of July people in US were listening to Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield. In UK Ghost Town by The Specials was in the top 5 hits. Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981 while The Glitter Dome by Joseph Wambaugh was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Troubles. If you liked videogames you were probably playing GORF or Venture.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Old Newspapers

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TV Series

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

The Troubles

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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MTV Music Television

Starring: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson

Country: United States

Bellamy

Written by: Ron McLean

Starring: John Stanton, Tim Elston, James Condon, Brian Young

Country: Australia

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I Can Jump Puddles

Written by: Sonia Borg, Cliff Green, Alan Marshall (novel), Roger Simpson

Directed by: Kevin James Dobson, Douglas Sharp, Keith Wilkes

Starring: Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tony Barry, Julie Hamilton, Adam Garnett

Country: Australia

Night Flight

Written by: Stuart S. Shapiro

Starring: Ross Bennett, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Randy Newman

Country: United States

Movies

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

Heavy Metal

Directed by: Gerald Potterton

Starring: Richard Romanus, John Candy, Joe Flaherty

Country: United States

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Blow Out

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow

Country: United States

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Arthur

Directed by: Steve Gordon

Starring: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud

Country: United States

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Endless Love

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Starring: Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Shirley Knight

Country: United States

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Victory

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pel

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 July 1981 ?

Holidays:
  • St. John Columbini
  • Republic of the Congo - Upswing of the Revolution
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least 3 saints: St. Saint Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits)
  • St. Conrode (son of Leo and Kurt / El Gauchito Gil's former wife)
  • St. Helen of Skofde
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Famous Deaths:
Facts:
  • 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman President of National Bar Association
  • A 42 day-long strike of Major League Baseball ends.

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Caspar Weinberger -- July 27, 1981
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8755
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Sandra Day O'Connor -- July 20, 1981

Books

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

The Glitter Dome

By: Joseph Wambaugh

It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets.

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Theory Z

By: William G. Ouchi

Fascinating

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The White Hotel

By: D.M. Thomas

It is a dream of electrifying eroticism and inexplicable violence, recounted by a young woman to her analyst, Sigmund Freud. It is a horrifying yet restrained narrative of the Holocaust.

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Jane Brody'S Nutrition Book

By: Jane Brody

With calorie and nutrient charts, sample menu plans for special dietary needs, and over fifty delicious and healthful recipes—many Brody family favorites—Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book is vital reading for everyone concerned

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Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

GORF

Platform: Arcade, various

Genre: Shooter

Publisher: Midway

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Venture

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision

Genre: Action

Publisher: Exidy

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Video Hustler

Video Hustler

Platform: Arcade Game (reissue: Xbox 360)

Genre: Sports simulation – pool

Publisher: Konami (reissue: Microsoft)

Adventure A

Platform: Sinclair ZX81 ZX Spectrum Amstrad CPC

Genre: Adventure with a third-person perspective

Publisher: Artic Computing

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Raster Blaster

Raster Blaster

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Action

Publisher: BudgeCo


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