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May 17th, 1978.

May 17th, 1978, was a Wednesday. It was day 137 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

43 years and 30 days have passed since May 17th, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 17th, 1978?

  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John release the song "You're the One That I Want".

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 17th, 1978.

  • United States: With A Little Luck - Wings
  • United Kingdom: Rivers Of Babylon - Boney M
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Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 17th, 1978 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. The summer of 1978 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song With A Little Luck by Wings is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Rivers Of Babylon by Boney M is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Waltons", "Baretta", "What's Happening!!" and "The Incredible Hulk".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight" and "Breakout". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "Happy Days". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Battleship (game), Stretch Armstrong and Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game).

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 May 17th, 1978.

  • Iranian Revolution.

    Iranian Revolution.

    Between January 1978 and February 1979, a revolutionary movement formed in Iran. This eventually led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of an Islamic Republic led by Ayatollah Khomeini.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1978?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1978?

    The best NBA players in 1978 were Bill Walton, Truck Robinson, Julius Erving, George Gervin and David Thompson.

  • Who were the best football players in 1978?

    Who were the best football players in 1978?

    In 1978, the best soccer players were Kevin Keegan, Hans Krankl, Rob Rensenbrink, Roberto Bettega, Paolo Rossi, Ronnie Hellström, Ruud Krol, Kenny Dalglish, Allan Simonsen and Peter Shilton.

  • The Deer Hunter.

    The Deer Hunter.

    "The Deer Hunter" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1978.

  • Billy Joel - "Just the Way You Are"

    Billy Joel - "Just the Way You Are"

    "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel won a Grammy for 1978's Song of the Year.

  • 1978 in movies.

    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.

  • Time Person of the Year: 1978.

    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 music.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 43 years and 30 days have passed since May 17th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 17th, 1978, will be 43 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1978 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 264207600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 17th, 1978.

  • May 3rd, 1978: The first ever spam email is sent to multiple ARPANET addresses.
  • May 6th, 1978: A goal from Roger Osborne helps Ipswich Town win the FA Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
  • May 10th, 1978: Football: Liverpool win the European Cup after defeating Club Brugge 1-0.
  • May 15th, 1978: Former Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies passes away at the age of 83.
  • This date: May 17th, 1978
  • May 25th, 1978: The Unabomber's first bomb explodes in the parking lot of the University of Illinois in Chicago.
  • June 1st, 1978: The 1978 FIFA World Cup starts in Argentina.
  • June 7th, 1978: The Washington Bullets win the 1978 NBA Finals after they defeat the Seattle SuperSonics 4-3.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17th, 1978, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 1978 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 17th, 1978.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1978.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1978.

  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • The Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • Lego Technic
  • Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
  • Micronauts
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • 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.

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 1978.

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 May 17th, 1984 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of May.

  • May 17th, 1955: Bill Paxton (Actor) turned 23 on this day in 1978.
  • May 17th, 1956: Bob Saget (Comedian / Actor) turned 22 on this day in 1978.
  • May 17th, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxer) turned 22 on this day in 1978.
  • May 17th, 1961: Enya (Irish singer) turned 17 on this day in 1978.
  • May 17th, 1986: Tahj Mowry (Actor) was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of May.

  • Constitution Day (Norway)

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on May 17th, 1978.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 17th, 1978.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 17th, 1978.

  • A total of 15,736 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,248 weeks have passed.
  • 1,359,590,400 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,586,188,800 times.
  • Since May 17th, 1978, the earth has travelled approximately 701,548,646,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 226,598,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 116,924,774 steps. That's about 51,967 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,315,085 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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