October 17th, 1976

October 17th, 1976, fell on a Sunday. It was day 291 of 1976. The decade was the 1970s.

44 years, 1 months and 16 days have passed since October 17th, 1976.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1976:

  • United States: Disco Duck - Rick Dees & Cast of Idiots
  • United Kingdom: Mississippi - Pussycat

Take Me Back!

The date is October 17th, 1976 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker. Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Disco Duck by Rick Dees & Cast of Idiots is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Mississippi by Pussycat is the number one hit song. Gerald Ford is currently the President of the United States and James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Because it's 1976, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of ABBA, Queen, Chicago, Elton John, Kiki Dee, Wings and Rod Stewart.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Columbo.", "Good Times", "The Rockford Files" and "Baretta". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Easy-Bake Oven", "Magnavox Odyssey", "Stretch Armstrong" and "Cher dolls".


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 October 17th, 1976.

  • 1976 in music.

    Top music artists in 1976 included the likes of Wings, KC and the Sunshine Band, Rod Stewart, Ohio Players, Barry Manilow, England Dan, John Ford Coley, Wild Cherry, Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band, Diana Ross, ABBA, The Manhattans and The Spinners.

  • Jimmy Carter.

    U.S. President Jimmy Carter was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1976.

  • 1976 in movies.

    Movies released in 1976 included Rocky, To Fly!, A Star Is Born, All the President's Men, The Omen, In Search of Noah's Ark, King Kong, Silver Streak, The Enforcer, Midway, Carrie, Freaky Friday, Car Wash and Taxi Driver.

  • Barry Manilow - "I Write the Songs"

    "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow would go on to win a Grammy for 1976's Song of the Year.

  • Rocky

    "Rocky" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976.

  • Son of Sam.

    During this period, serial killer David Berkowitz is terrorizing New York City. Berkowitz, who is also nicknamed the ".44 Caliber Killer", murders six people and injures seven others in eight separate gun attacks.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 44 years, 1 months and 16 days have passed since October 17th, 1976.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1976.
  • Leap Year: 1976 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on October 17th, 1976, will be 44 years of age.
  • People born in 1976 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 214354800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 17th, 1976:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 17th, 1976, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1976 was the year of the Dragon (Yang Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17th, 1976 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • Quincy, M.E. - TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
  • Charlie's Angels - TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
  • Black Sheep Squadron - TV show about a misfit squadron in World War Two.
  • The Muppet Show - American TV show that included characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
  • What's Happening!! - Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • The Bionic Woman - Starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
  • Wonder Woman - TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".
  • Starsky & Hutch - Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • Baretta - Starring Robert Blake as street-wise detective Tony Baretta.

1976 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1976.

  • The Muppet Show
  • Happy Days
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • All in the Family
  • Sesame Street
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • Captain Kangaroo

1976 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1976:

  • Cher dolls
  • Micronauts
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Shrinky Dinks
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Kenner SSP Racers
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on October 17th, 1976?

  • Gerald Ford was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1976?

  • James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Liam Cosgrave was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 17th, 1976 was probably conceived around the 8th of January, 1976. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17th, 1976 is the 27th of July, 1977. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Breakout - Arcade game published by Atari.
  • Gun Fight - Wild West themed arcade shooter game.
  • Pursuit - Arcade game where the player gets to control a World War I flying ace.
  • Tank - Arcade game developed by Kee Games.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 17th, 1976.

  • 16,117 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,392,512,400 seconds have passed since the October 17th, 1976.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,624,597,800 times.
  • Since October 17th, 1976, earth has travelled approximately 718,536,398,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 232,085,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 119,756,066 steps. That's about 53,225 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,710,149 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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