August 26th, 1978, fell on a Saturday. It was day 238 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.
41 years, 10 months and 15 days have passed since August 26th, 1978.
On This Date
Events that occurred on August 26th, 1978:
Pope John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 26th, 1978:
United States: Grease - Frankie Valli
United Kingdom: Three Times A Lady - Commodores
Take Me Back!
The date is August 26th, 1978 and it's a Saturday. People are enjoying their weekend. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual.
In America, the song Grease by Frankie Valli is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Three Times A Lady by Commodores 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 "Columbo.", "Barnaby Jones", "Starsky & Hutch" and "What's Happening!!". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders".
Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "The Muppet Show". Popular toys include the likes of "Etch A Sketch", "Dungeons & Dragons", "Micronauts" 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 August 26th, 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.
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.
Basic facts and information about this date:
This date fell on a weekend.
41 years, 10 months and 15 days have passed since August 26th, 1978.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 34 of 1978.
Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on August 26th, 1978, will be 41 years of age.
People born in 1978 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 272934000.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around August 26th, 1978:
September 25th, 1978: 144 people are killed when PSA Flight 182 collides with a small aircraft in San Diego, California.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 26th, 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).
Native American Zodiac: August 26th, 1978 falls under the Bear.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
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.
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:
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
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)
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 26th of August:
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 26th, 1978.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on August 26th, 1978 was probably conceived around the 16th of November, 1977. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 26th, 1978 is the 5th of June, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.
Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.
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 August 26th, 1978.
15,294 days have passed since this date.
1,321,401,600 seconds have passed since the August 26th, 1978.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,541,635,200 times.
Since August 26th, 1978, earth has travelled approximately 681,843,225,600 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 220,233,600 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,640,538 steps. That's about 50,507 miles!
Since this date, 15,856,819 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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