January 1st, 1978, fell on a Sunday. It was day 1 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.
42 years, 7 months and 8 days have passed since January 1st, 1978.
On This Date
Events that occurred on January 1st, 1978:
213 people are killed when Air India Flight 855 crashes.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1978:
United States: How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
United Kingdom: Mull Of Kintyre / Girls School - Wings
Take Me Back!
The date is January 1st, 1978 and it's a Sunday. People are enjoying their weekend. It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1978. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before.
In America, the song How Deep Is Your Love by The Bee Gees is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Mull Of Kintyre / Girls School by Wings is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States.
Because it's 1978, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of the Bee Gees, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, the Village People, Boney M and Andy Gibb. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Kojak", "Baretta", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Charlie's Angels". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout".
Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "All in the Family", "Happy Days" and "The Muppet Show". Popular toys include the likes of "Baby Alive (doll)", "Lego Technic", "Kenner Star Wars action figures" and "Hungry Hungry Hippos".
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 January 1st, 1978.
1978 in music.
Popular music artists in 1978 included Andy Gibb, The Bee Gees, Debby Boone, Exile, Player, A Taste of Honey, Commodores, Frankie Valli, Kate Bush, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Eric Clapton, Paul Davis and Samantha Sang.
Time Person of the Year: 1978.
China's Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1978 after he overthrew Hua Guofeng and became the "Supreme Leader" of China.
1978 in movies.
Movies released in 1978 included Grease, Superman, Animal House, Every Which Way but Loose, Heaven Can Wait, Hooper, Jaws 2, Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Deer Hunter, Halloween, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Dawn of the Dead.
Billy Joel - "Just the Way You Are"
"Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel would go on to win a Grammy for 1978's Song of the Year.
The Deer Hunter
"The Deer Hunter" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1978.
Basic facts and information about this date:
This date fell on a weekend.
42 years, 7 months and 8 days have passed since January 1st, 1978.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1978.
Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1978, will be 42 years of age.
People born in 1978 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 252460800.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1978:
December 30th, 1977: American serial killer Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
January 15th, 1978: Super Bowl XII: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Denver Broncos 27-10 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
January 15th, 1978: American serial killer Ted Bundy murders two women at the Chi Omega sorority in Tallahassee, Florida..
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1978, will have the star sign Capricorn.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
Zodiac Element: Earth.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1978 falls under the Goose.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
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.
1978 - Kid's TV
Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1978.
"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"
1978 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1978:
Water Ring Toss
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Kenner Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Dungeons & Dragons
Baby Alive (doll)
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Etch A Sketch
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 1st of January:
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January:
New Year's Day
Who was the US President on this particular date?
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1978.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on January 1st, 1978 was probably conceived around the 24th of March, 1977. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1978 is the 11th of October, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
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.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1978.
15,562 days have passed since this date.
1,344,553,200 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1978.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,568,645,400 times.
Since January 1st, 1978, earth has travelled approximately 693,789,451,200 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 224,092,200 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 115,631,575 steps. That's about 51,392 miles!
Since this date, 16,134,638 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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