The 17th of August, 1979, fell on a Friday. Day 229 of 1979. Decade: 1970s.
On This Date
Events that occurred on the 17th of August, 1979:
Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) is released.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on the 17th of August, 1979:
United States: Good Times - Chic
United Kingdom: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
News Topics, Fads & Culture
Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on the 17th of August, 1979.
The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1979.
1979 in movies.
Movies released in 1979 included Kramer vs. Kramer, The Amityville Horror, Rocky II, Apocalypse Now, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, 10, The Jerk, Moonraker, The Muppet Movie, Monty Python's Life of Brian and The Warriors.
1979 in music.
Popular music artists in 1979 included The Knack, Donna Summer, Chic, Rod Stewart, Peaches & Herb, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Anita Ward, Robert John and The Bee Gees.
The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.
During this time, the Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981 were taking place. At least 28 children and young adults are murdered before Wayne Williams is eventually caught and convicted of murder.
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of August:
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
Mork & Mindy - Comedy TV show about an alien called Mork. Starring Robin Williams.
Taxi - American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
Dallas - Soap opera.
The Incredible Hulk - Starring Lou Ferrigno.
The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
Chips - TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
Soap - Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.
Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about the 17th of August, 1979.
14,675 days have passed since this date.
1,267,920,000 seconds have passed since the 17th of August, 1979.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,479,240,000 times.
Since the 17th of August, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 654,246,720,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 211,320,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,041,120 steps. That's about 48,463 miles!
Since this date, 15,215,040 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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