October 20th, 1977

October 20th, 1977, fell on a Thursday. It was day 293 of 1977. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 9 months and 20 days have passed since October 20th, 1977.


On This Date

Events that occurred on October 20th, 1977:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines die in a plane crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 20th, 1977:

  • United States: You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
  • United Kingdom: Silver Lady - David Soul

Take Me Back!

The date is October 20th, 1977 and it's a Thursday. The summer is long gone and temperatures have started to become much cooler. In America, the song You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Silver Lady by David Soul is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Kojak", "Wonder Woman", "Black Sheep Squadron" and "Quincy, M.E.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Tank", "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids".

Popular toys include the likes of "Battleship (game)", "Cher dolls", "Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)" and "Kenner Star Wars action figures".


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 20th, 1977.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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

    "You Light Up My Life" and "Evergreen" are tied in the Grammy for 1977's Song of the Year.

  • Annie Hall

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 42 years, 9 months and 20 days have passed since October 20th, 1977.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1977.
  • Leap Year: 1977 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 20th, 1977, will be 42 years of age.
  • People born in 1977 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 246150000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 20th, 1977:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 20th, 1977, 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, 1977 was the year of the Snake (Yin Earth).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 20th, 1977 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.

  • The Love Boat - Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.
  • Logan's Run - Action series that was based on the movie of the same name.
  • 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.
  • 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.

1977 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1977 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1977:

  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • Lego Technic
  • Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
  • Cher dolls
  • Micronauts
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 20th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 20th, 1977.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 20th, 1977 was probably conceived around the 10th of January, 1977. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 20th, 1977 is the 30th of July, 1978. (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?

Enter your date of birth below to find out how old you were on October 20th, 1977.

Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 20th, 1977.

  • 15,634 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,350,777,600 seconds have passed since the October 20th, 1977.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,575,907,200 times.
  • Since October 20th, 1977, earth has travelled approximately 697,001,241,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 225,129,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 116,166,874 steps. That's about 51,630 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,209,331 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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