December 5th, 1978, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 339 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.
41 years, 9 months and 16 days have passed since December 5th, 1978.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 5th, 1978:
United States: Le Freak - Chic
United Kingdom: Mary's Boy Child - Boney M
Take Me Back!
The date is December 5th, 1978 and it's a Tuesday. The Christmas season of 1978 has just started. In America, the song Le Freak by Chic is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Mary's Boy Child by Boney M 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 "Little House on the Prairie", "The Rockford Files", "Quincy, M.E." and "Dallas". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Sesame Street", "Happy Days" and "The Muppet Show".
If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Battleship (game)", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Stretch Armstrong" and "Lego Technic".
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 December 5th, 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:
41 years, 9 months and 16 days have passed since December 5th, 1978.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 49 of 1978.
Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on December 5th, 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 281664000.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around December 5th, 1978:
December 22nd, 1978: American serial killer John Wayne Gacey is arrested and admits to committing 25+ murders.
December 27th, 1978: The Constitution of Spain is approved in a referendum, officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 5th, 1978, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
Zodiac Element: Fire.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
Native American Zodiac: December 5th, 1978 falls under the Owl.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
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.
"Diff'rent Strokes" - "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)
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 5th of December:
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.
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about December 5th, 1978.
15,267 days have passed since this date.
1,319,065,200 seconds have passed since the December 5th, 1978.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,538,909,400 times.
Since December 5th, 1978, earth has travelled approximately 680,637,643,200 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 219,844,200 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,439,607 steps. That's about 50,418 miles!
Since this date, 15,828,782 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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