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August 23, 1978

August 23, 1978, was a Wednesday. It was the 235th day of 1978. The decade was the seventies.

45 years, 3 months, and 19 days have passed since August 23, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

Birthdays

Born on August 23, 1978

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On August 23, 1978, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Grease" by Frankie Valli
  • United Kingdom: "Three Times A Lady" by Commodores

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 23, 1978

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Three Times A Lady - Commodores
  • Grease - Frankie Valli
  • Last Dance - Donna Summer
  • Miss You - The Rolling Stones
  • Hot Blooded - Foreigner
Play the top singles 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.
Hooper

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Hooper".

Facts

This date occurred 16,546 days ago. Approximately 552 months have passed. It was the 235th day of 1978, in week 34. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on August 23, 1978, are now 45 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 184 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to August 23, 1978

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is August 23, 1978, and it's a Wednesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1978 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song "Grease" by Frankie Valli is at the top of the singles charts, while "Three Times A Lady" by Commodores is the number-one song in the UK. Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Hooper is at the top of the box office.

James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "The Waltons", "The Bob Newhart Show", "The Incredible Hulk", and "Dallas". 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 still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout", and "Space Invaders".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street", "Bagpuss", and "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels". Children are playing with toys such as Troll doll, Big Jim (action figure), Stretch Armstrong, and Shogun Warriors.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 23, 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 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 second half of the 1970s.
  • Disco music.

    Disco music

    Disco music became mainstream during the latter half of the 1970s. Nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.
  • Hitchhiking is declining.

    Hitchhiking is declining

    Although hitchhiking is still pretty common, it is beginning to decline due to people's falling trust in strangers, lower air travel prices, an increase in highways, and more affordable cars.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 23, 1978.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around August 23, 1978.

  • July 25, 1978:
    • Louise Joy Brown becomes the first person to be born after conception by IVF.
    • Two pro-independence activists are murdered in a police ambush in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • August 6, 1978: Pope Paul VI passes away.
  • August 7, 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.
  • August 19, 1978: 420 people are killed when four men set the Cinema Rex on fire in Abadan, Iran.
  • This date: August 23, 1978
  • August 26, 1978: Pope John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI.
  • September 5, 1978: Peace talks between Egypt and Israel begin at Camp David.
  • September 7, 1978:
    • The Who drummer Keith Moon dies of a drug overdose.
    • Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov is assassinated on Waterloo Bridge in London.
  • September 8, 1978: Black Friday: Iranian soldiers kill 700 - 3000 protesters.
  • September 11, 1978: Janet Parker becomes the last person to die of smallpox.
  • September 16, 1978: 25,000 people are killed when an earthquake hits the Iranian city of Tabas.
  • September 17, 1978: The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.
  • September 18, 1978: The first episode of "WKRP in Cincinnati" is aired on television.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 23, 1978, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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: August 23, 1978 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in August 1978

In August 1978, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from August 1978.

Dallas
Dallas
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Chips
Chips
Soap
Soap
Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Three's Company
Three's Company
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
What's Happening!!
What's Happening!!
Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Good Times
Good Times
Happy Days
Happy Days
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
The Waltons
The Waltons

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in August 1978

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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

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

Toys in 1978

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
Troll doll
Troll doll
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 1978.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Breakout 1976
Breakout
Gun Fight 1975
Gun Fight
Pursuit 1975
Pursuit

Were you born on August 23, 1978?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 23, 1984, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 23.

Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas

American serial killer Deceased
Born on August 23, 1936
He turned 42 on this day in 1978.

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala

Serial killer Deceased
Born on August 23, 1943
He turned 35 on this day in 1978.

Keith Moon

Keith Moon

Drummer Deceased
Born on August 23, 1946
He turned 32 on this day in 1978.

River Phoenix

River Phoenix

Actor Deceased
Born on August 23, 1970
He turned 8 on this day in 1978.

August Ames

August Ames

Adult actress Deceased
Born on August 23, 1994
She was born exactly 16 years after this date.

Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty

Rapper
Born on August 23, 1997
He was born exactly 19 years after this date.

USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 23, 1978.

UK

UK Prime Minister

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 23, 1978 was most likely conceived around November 30, 1977.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 23, 1978 is close to May 16, 1979.

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Stats for August 23, 1978

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 23, 1978:

  • 16,546 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,363 weeks have passed.
  • 1,429,578,000 seconds have passed since August 23, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,667,841,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 737,662,248,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 238,263,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 122,943,708 steps. That's roughly 54,642 miles!
  • Since this date, 17,154,936 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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