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August 16th, 1977.

August 16th, 1977, was a Tuesday. It was day 228 of 1977. The decade was the 1970s.

44 years, 1 months and 3 days have passed since August 16th, 1977.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 16th, 1977?

  • Singer Elvis Presley is found dead on his bathroom floor at the age of 42.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1977.

  • United States: I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
  • United Kingdom: I Feel Love - Donna Summer
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Star Wars

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Star Wars" was at the top of the box office on August 16th, 1977.

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I remember exactly where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing when the news came across on 56 WFIL AM Radio that we had on.
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Take me back to August 16th, 1977!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 16th, 1977 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song I Just Want To Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, I Feel Love by Donna Summer is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and the movie Star Wars is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, James Callaghan is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, clothes have become baggier and pants have become less flared. Sports clothing and the "disco look" are both popular at the moment. Women are wearing sundresses, strapless tops with t-shirts, shoulder pads, cardigans, knee-length skirts and daisy dukes. Meanwhile, men are wearing tracksuits, flare jeans, low-top sneakers and untucked collared shirts. Because it's 1977, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of The Eagles, Donna Summer, Wings, Boney M, Baccara, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Debby Boone.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Elvis Presley, Marc Bolan, Charlie Chaplin and Keith Moon would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Rockford Files", "Baretta", "Starsky & Hutch" and "Laverne & Shirley". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "All in the Family" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of VertiBird (toy helicopter), Big Jim (action figure), Cher dolls and Star Wars action figures.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 16th, 1977.

  • Elvis Presley dies.

    Elvis Presley dies.

    On August 16th, 1977, Rock n' Roll icon Elvis Presley was found dead on his bathroom floor. He was 42 years old.

  • The Son of Sam is arrested.

    The Son of Sam is arrested.

    The arrest of David Berkowitz on suspicion of being the serial killer "Son of Sam" was receiving widespread media attention around this time. Over the course of a year, Berkowitz had terrorized New York City.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1977?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1977?

    The best NBA players in 1977 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Thompson, Elvin Hayes, Pete Maravich and Paul Westphal.

  • Who were the best football players in 1977?

    Who were the best football players in 1977?

    In 1977, the best soccer players were Allan Simonsen, Kevin Keegan, Michel Platini, Roberto Bettega, Johan Cruyff, Klaus Fischer, Tibor Nyilasi, Rob Rensenbrink, Dudu Georgescu, Emlyn Hughes, Steve Heighway and Berti Vogts.

  • Annie Hall.

    Annie Hall.

    "Annie Hall" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1977.

  • "You Light Up My Life" and "Evergreen"

    "You Light Up My Life" and "Evergreen"

    "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone and "Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand both won the Grammy for 1977's Song of the Year.

  • 1977 in movies.

    1977 in movies.

    Movies released in 1977 included Star Wars, Smokey and the Bandit, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever, The Goodbye Girl, A Bridge Too Far, The Deep, The Spy Who Loved Me, "Oh, God!", Annie Hall, Pete's Dragon and Eraserhead.

  • Time Person of the Year: 1977.

    Time Person of the Year: 1977.

    Egyptian president Anwar Sadat was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1977 after he became the first Arab leader to travel to Israel.

  • 1977 in music.

    1977 in music.

    Popular music artists in 1977 included Rod Stewart, Andy Gibb, The Emotions, ABBA, Barbra Streisand, Hot, Kenny Nolan, Thelma Houston, Rita Coolidge and Alan O'Day.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 44 years, 1 months and 3 days have passed since August 16th, 1977.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1977.
  • Leap Year: 1977 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 16th, 1977, will be 44 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1977 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 240534000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 16th, 1977.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 16th, 1977, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1977 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 16th, 1977 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
  • 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.
  • Fawlty Towers - British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.
  • 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.
  • The Rockford Files - TV show about a Private Detective that was previously jailed for a crime that he didn't commit.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.
  • Good Times - American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.
  • Happy Days - TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Kojak - TV show about a bald New York detective.

Kid's TV shows on August 16th, 1977.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1977.

  • 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

Popular toys and games in 1977.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1977.

  • Star Wars action figures
  • Lego Technic
  • Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
  • Cher dolls
  • Micronauts
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Risk board game
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1977.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out August 16th, 1983 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 16th.

James Cameron

Movie director.
Born on August 16th, 1954
He turned 23 on this day in 1977.

Madonna

Singer.
Born on August 16th, 1958
She turned 19 on this day in 1977.

Steve Carell

Actor.
Born on August 16th, 1962
He turned 15 on this day in 1977.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 16th, 1977.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 16th, 1977.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 16th, 1977 was most likely conceived around the 6th of November, 1976.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 16th, 1977 is close to the 26th of May, 1978.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 16th, 1977.

  • A total of 16,105 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,300 weeks have passed.
  • 1,391,472,000 seconds have passed since the August 16th, 1977.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,623,384,000 times.
  • Since August 16th, 1977, the earth has travelled approximately 717,999,552,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 231,912,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 119,666,592 steps. That's about 53,185 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,697,664 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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