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October 16th, 1978.

October 16th, 1978, was a Monday. It was day 289 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 7 months and 27 days have passed since October 16th, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 16th, 1978?

  • Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1978.

  • United States: Kiss You All Over - Exile
  • United Kingdom: Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
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Take me back to October 16th, 1978!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 16th, 1978 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Kiss You All Over by Exile is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Summer Nights by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 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 "Columbo.", "Barnaby Jones", "Eight Is Enough" and "Soap". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Sesame Street" and "Mork & Mindy".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Stretch Armstrong, Lego Technic, Water Ring Toss and Simon (memory 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 October 16th, 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.

  • 42 years, 7 months and 27 days have passed since October 16th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 16th, 1978, will be 42 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1978 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 277340400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 16th, 1978.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 16th, 1978, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 16th, 1978 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Mork & Mindy - Comedy TV show about an alien called Mork. Starring Robin Williams.
  • Taxi - American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 16th, 1978.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1978.

  • Mork & Mindy
  • Battle of the Planets
  • 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.

  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Shogun Warriors
  • 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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • 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.

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 October 16th, 1984 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 16th of October.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 16th, 1978.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1978.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 16th, 1978 was most likely conceived around the 6th of January, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 16th, 1978 is close to the 26th of July, 1979.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 16th, 1978.

  • A total of 15,580 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,225 weeks have passed.
  • 1,346,112,000 seconds have passed since the October 16th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,570,464,000 times.
  • Since October 16th, 1978, the earth has travelled approximately 694,593,792,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 224,352,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 115,765,632 steps. That's about 51,451 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,153,344 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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