Breakout breaks out

BreakoutAtari introduces a new arcade game, Breakout, which takes the play mechanics of Pong, turns them on one side, and turns the game into a single-player endurance trial. Assigned to junior Atari employee Steve Jobs, Breakout is actually completed by Jobs’ friend Steve Wozniak, though the circuitry for the game is redesigned when Atari’s engineers can’t get their heads around Wozniak’s incredibly compact, efficient design, which reduces the number of logic circuits to a bare minimum. Jobs and Wozniak later approach Atari with a design for a personal computer, and are turned down; that design later becomes the first Apple Computer.

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The Bionic Woman: On The Run

The Bionic WomanThe 58th episode of The Bionic Woman, starring Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson, airs on NBC. This is the final episode of the series, and in a rarity for 1970s TV, is written to wrap up Jaime’s story. Lindsay Wagner will reprise the role in a series of reunion movies with Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man) in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Soyuz T-5

Soyuz T-5Soyuz T-5 lifts off from the Soviet Union, carrying its crew of two to the new Salyut 7 space station for a long-term stay. Cosmonauts Anatoli Berezovoy and Valentin Lebedev become Salyut 7’s first occupants, remaining aboard the station for a record-setting 211 days (almost seven months), not returning until December 1982. During that time, the two cosmonauts host two other visiting crews and launch a small amateur radio communications satellite by ejecting it from a small airlock.

The X-Files: Essence

The X-FilesThe 181st episode of Chris Carter’s modern-day science fiction series The X-Files airs on Fox, starring Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Robert Patrick. Nicholas Lea and Annabeth Gish guest star.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: End Of Days

Buffy The Vampire SlayerThe 143rd episode of Joss Whedon’s supernatural series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, airs on UPN. James Marsters and Alyson Hannigan also star. Nathan Fillion (Firefly), David Boreanaz (Angel), and Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) guest star.

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Arrow: My Name Is Oliver Queen

ArrowThe 69th episode of Arrow, a modern-day reboot of DC Comics’ Green Arrow superhero starring Stephen Amell, airs on the CW. Grant Gustin (The Flash), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Katrina Law (Spartacus), and Marc Singer (V) guest star in the third season finale.

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