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Friday 31 October 1980, Halloween

It was Friday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Samaire Armstrong and Eddie Kaye Thomas. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand. In UK Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police was in the top 5 hits. Somewhere in Time, directed by Jeannot Szwarc, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980 while Music For Chameleons by Truman Capote was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Le temps d'une paix. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Terrorist or Carnival.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Somewhere in Time

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer

Country: United States

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The Elephant Man

Directed by: David Lynch

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

Country: United States

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Oh, God! Book II

Directed by: Gilbert Cates

Starring: George Burns, Suzanne Pleshette, David Birney

Country: United States

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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara

Country: United States

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Stardust Memories

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

Le temps d'une paix

Starring: Nicole Leblanc, Katerine Mousseau, Yvon Dufour, Pierre Dufresne

Country: Canada

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Great Railway Journeys of the World

Starring: Ludovic Kennedy

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ekkusu bonbâ

Starring: Toshio Furukawa, Jay Benedict, Mikio Terashima, Peter Marinker

Country: Japan

Home Sweet Home

Written by: Vince Powell

Starring: John Bluthal, Arianthe Galani, Miles Buchanan, Christopher Bell

Country: Australia

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Up and Coming

Starring: Yule Caise, Cooper Chow, Robert DoQui, Gift Harris

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 October 1980 ?

  • October 31st is Nevada Day
  • Protestant Church - Reformation Day: Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenberg church on this day in 1517
  • Wikipedia - Wikipedia:Tim Starling Day
  • Cornwall - Allantide
  • October 31st is Halloween; also see Samhain (an approximate date)
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Famous Deaths:
  • Jan Werich: czech actor, playwright and writer (Born 1905).
  • Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
  • Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 metres).

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

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Crisis in the Gulf -- Oct. 27, 1980
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.8716
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Carl Sagan -- Oct. 20, 1980


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

Music For Chameleons

By: Truman Capote

In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders them with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction.

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Number 1

By: Billy Martin and Peter Golenbock

Written at the period of his tumultuous ride as manager of the Yankees, Billy Martin proves why he was the heart and soul of the club. It

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Goodbye, Darkness

By: William Manchester

The nightmares began for William Manchester 23 years after WW II. In his dreams he lived with the recurring image of a battle-weary youth (himself), "angrily demanding to know what had

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American Dreams

By: Studs Terkel

Back in print, the book the New York Times Book Review called the Pulitzer Prize winner's best. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ted Turner, Jesse Helms, Joan Crawford, Vine Deloria, Helen and Scott Nearing.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?


Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Taito

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Platform: Apple II

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Edu-Ware

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B-1 Nuclear Bomber

B-1 Nuclear Bomber

Platform: Apple II, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, DOS, TRS-80, CP/M, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

Genre: Flight simulator

Publisher: Avalon Hill


Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Atari 8-bit

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: Sega Gremlin Industries

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Star Warrior

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Epyx

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