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October 2, 1978

October 2, 1978, was a Monday. It was 45 years, 6 months, and 18 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Birthdays

Born on October 2, 1978

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 2, 1978:

  • United States: "Kiss You All Over" by Exile
  • United Kingdom: "Summer Nights" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

The Billboard Hot 100 on October 2, 1978

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Kiss You All Over - Exile
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey
  • Hopelessly Devoted To You - Olivia Newton-John
  • Three Times A Lady - Commodores
  • Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John & Cast
Play the top songs 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.
Animal House

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Animal House" was at the top of the box office on October 2, 1978.

Facts

This date was 16,637 days ago. Approximately 555 months have passed. It was the 275th day of 1978, in week 40. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 45 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. The Earth has experienced 185 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to October 2, 1978

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Monday, October 2, 1978. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer is long gone. Temperatures have become much cooler, and the evenings are beginning to get darker. There is a fresh, earthy scent in the air, and fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways, and sidewalks. In America, the song "Kiss You All Over" by Exile is at the top of the singles charts, while "Summer Nights" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John is the number-one song in the UK.

Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Animal House is at the top of the box office. 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sid Vicious and John Wayne would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "M*A*S*H", "What's Happening!!", and "Eight Is Enough".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout", and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Sesame Street", "The All New Popeye Hour", and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys at the moment include Etch A Sketch, Lite-Brite, Dungeons & Dragons, and Stretch Armstrong.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on October 2, 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 October 2, 1978.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to October 2, 1978.

  • 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.
  • September 25, 1978: 144 people are killed when PSA Flight 182 collides with a small aircraft in San Diego, California.
  • September 28, 1978: Less than two months after being named as the new Pope, John Paul I passes away.
  • This date: October 2, 1978
  • October 12, 1978: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious is arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
  • October 16, 1978: Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I.
  • October 17, 1978: The song "Y.M.C.A." is released by the Village People.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 2, 1978, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 2, 1978 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1978

Television shows that people were watching in October 1978:

TV shows from October 1978.

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Taxi
Taxi
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!!

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 October 2, 1978

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

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour

Godzilla
Godzilla
The New Fantastic Four
The New Fantastic Four
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
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1978

Toys and games that were popular in 1978:

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids
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
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in October 1978.

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

Were you born on October 2, 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 October 2, 1984, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on October 2.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Activist Deceased
Born on October 2, 1869
He was not alive on this date.

Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran

American lawyer Deceased
Born on October 2, 1937
He turned 41 on this day in 1978.

Sting

Sting

Singer
Born on October 2, 1951
He turned 27 on this day in 1978.

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Actress
Born on October 2, 1954
She turned 24 on this day in 1978.

Yokozuna

Yokozuna

Wrestler Deceased
Born on October 2, 1966
He turned 12 on this day in 1978.

Proof

Proof

Rapper Deceased
Born on October 2, 1973
He turned 5 on this day in 1978.

Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan

Makeup artist
Born on October 2, 1983
She was born exactly 5 years after this date.

USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 2, 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 October 2, 1978 was most likely conceived around January 9, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 2, 1978 is close to June 25, 1979.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about October 2, 1978:

  • 16,637 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,376 weeks have passed.
  • 1,437,436,800 seconds have passed since October 2, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,677,009,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 741,717,388,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 239,572,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 123,619,565 steps. That's roughly 54,942 miles.
  • 17,249,242 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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