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July 12th, 1978.

July 12th, 1978, was a Wednesday. It was day 193 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

43 years, 6 months and 15 days have passed since July 12th, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Birthdays

Born on July 12th, 1978.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 12th, 1978.

  • United States: Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
  • United Kingdom: You're The One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 12th, 1978.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
  • Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
  • Take A Chance On Me - ABBA
  • Use Ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays
  • Still The Same - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Play the top hits from 1978.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1978. Take a trip back to the days of the Bee Gees, the Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and Frankie Valli.
Grease

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Grease" was at the top of the box office on July 12th, 1978.

Take me back to July 12th, 1978!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 12th, 1978 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.

In America, the song Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, You're The One That I Want by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and the movie Grease 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 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.

If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Keith Moon, Sid Vicious and John Wayne would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "Good Times", "The Jeffersons" and "Welcome Back, Kotter". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "All in the Family", "The Muppet Show" and "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Lite-Brite, Battleship (game), the Atari 2600 and Water Ring Toss.

News

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 July 12th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 43 years, 6 months and 15 days have passed since July 12th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 28 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 12th, 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 269046000.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 12th, 1978.

  • June 12th, 1978: Serial killer David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) is given six life sentences.
  • June 18th, 1978: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murders Steven Mark Hicks.
  • June 19th, 1978: The comic strip "Garfield" appears for the first time.
  • June 25th, 1978: Argentina wins the World Cup after beating the Netherlands 3-1.
  • June 29th, 1978: Actor Bob Crane is found bludgeoned to death at his apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • July 11th, 1978: Los Alfaques disaster: 217 people lose their lives in a road accident and tanker explosion near Tarragona in Spain.
  • This date: July 12th, 1978
  • July 13th, 1978: The BBC bans The Sex Pistols' final single "No One Is Innocent".
  • July 25th, 1978: Louise Joy Brown becomes the first person to be born after conception by IVF.
  • July 25th, 1978: Two pro-independence activists are murdered in a police ambush in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • August 6th, 1978: Pope Paul VI passes away.
  • August 7th, 1978: US President Jimmy Carter announces a federal health emergency at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York, due to dangerous levels of toxic waste.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 12th, 1978, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 12th, 1978 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from July, 1978.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Soap
Soap
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.

Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.

What's Happening!!
What's Happening!!
Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.

Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".

Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

The Rockford Files
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
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Good Times
Good Times
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Sci-fi series about a superhuman man who was rebuilt using bionic implants.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

Cars in 1978.

1978 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chrysler Horizon, the Saab 900, the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Ford Fairmont, the Toyota Supra and the AMC Concord.

Cars in 1978.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on July 12th, 1978.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1978.

Fred Flintstone and Friends
Fred Flintstone and Friends

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

The All-New Super Friends Hour
The All-New Super Friends Hour

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show

Bagpuss
Bagpuss

Happy Days
Happy Days

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1978.

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

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Shogun Warriors
Shogun Warriors

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Stretch Armstrong
Stretch Armstrong

Micronauts
Micronauts

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Connect Four
Connect Four

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Risk board game
Risk board game

Baby Alive (doll)
Baby Alive (doll)

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Gun Fight 1975
Gun Fight
Wild West themed arcade shooter game.

Pursuit 1975
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 July 12th, 1984 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 12th.

Bill Cosby

Actor.
Born on July 12th, 1937
He turned 41 on this day in 1978.

Richard Simmons

Actor.
Born on July 12th, 1948
He turned 30 on this day in 1978.

Brock Lesnar

Wrestler.
Born on July 12th, 1977
He turned 1 on this day in 1978.

Gareth Gates

Singer.
Born on July 12th, 1984
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Luke Shaw

Soccer player.
Born on July 12th, 1995
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 12th of July.

  • Battle of the Boyne (Orangeman's Day)
USA

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on July 12th, 1978.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 12th, 1978.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 12th, 1978 was most likely conceived around October 19th, 1977.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 12th, 1978 is close to April 4th, 1979.

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Stats for July 12th, 1978

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 12th, 1978.

  • A total of 15,905 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,272 weeks have passed.
  • 1,374,195,600 seconds have passed since the July 12th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,603,228,200 times.
  • Since July 12th, 1978, the earth has travelled approximately 709,084,929,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 229,032,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 118,180,822 steps. That's about 52,525 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,490,347 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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