October 26th, 1978

October 26th, 1978, fell on a Thursday. It was day 299 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 2 months and 21 days have passed since October 26th, 1978.


Born On This Date

People who were born on this exact date:

  • Born on this exact date: CM Punk: Wrestler.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 26th, 1978:

  • United States: Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
  • United Kingdom: Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Take Me Back!

The date is October 26th, 1978 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. 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. Halloween of 1978 is just days away. People are watching horror movies and thinking about which costume they are going to wear. Others are organizing parties. In America, the song Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder 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. 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 "Starsky & Hutch", "Laverne & Shirley", "Eight Is Enough" and "Soap". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "Happy Days".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Big Jim (action figure)", "Dungeons & Dragons", "Atari 2600" and "Cabbage Patch Kids".


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 October 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 42 years, 2 months and 21 days have passed since October 26th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 43 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 26th, 1978, will be 42 years of age.
  • People born in 1978 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 278204400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 26th, 1978:

  • September 28th, 1978: Less than two months after being named as the new Pope, John Paul I passes away.
  • October 16th, 1978: Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I.
  • November 3rd, 1978: The first episode of "Diff'rent Strokes" is aired.
  • November 18th, 1978: Cult leader Jim Jones and 918 of his members commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.
  • November 18th, 1978: US Congressman Leo Ryan is shot dead by Jim Jones' cult members in Jonestown, Guyana.
  • November 19th, 1978: NFL: The "Miracle at the Meadowlands" occurs when a fumbled ball gifts the Philadelphia Eagles a shock win over the New York Giants.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 26th, 1978, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 26th, 1978 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.

1978 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1978 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1978:

  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Shogun Warriors
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • 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 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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 26th of October:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 26th of October:

  • Austrian National Day

US President

Who was the US President on October 26th, 1978?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 26th, 1978?

  • James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 26th, 1978 was probably conceived around the 16th of January, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 26th, 1978 is the 5th of August, 1979. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 26th, 1978.

  • 15,423 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,332,550,800 seconds have passed since the October 26th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,554,642,600 times.
  • Since October 26th, 1978, earth has travelled approximately 687,596,212,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 222,091,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,599,369 steps. That's about 50,933 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,990,610 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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