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December 14, 1978

December 14, 1978, was a Thursday. It was 45 years, 5 months, and 10 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 14, 1978:

  • United States: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
  • United Kingdom: "Mary's Boy Child" by Boney M

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 14, 1978

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

  • Le Freak - Chic
  • MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
  • I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vannelli
  • How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
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.
Midnight Express

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Midnight Express" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 16,599 days ago. Approximately 553 months have passed. It was the 348th day of 1978, in week 50. The decade was the seventies. The end of 1978 was just 17 days away. People born on this day are currently 45 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 184 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to December 14, 1978

Ready for a walk down memory lane?

It is Thursday, December 14, 1978. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1978 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond is at the top of the singles charts, while "Mary's Boy Child" by Boney M is the number-one song in the UK. Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Midnight Express 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 "The Jeffersons", "Welcome Back, Kotter", "The Incredible Hulk", and "Taxi". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout", and "Space Invaders". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels", and "Battle of the Planets".

Popular toys at the moment include Risk board game, Magna Doodle, Star Wars action figures, and the Atari 2600.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 14, 1978.

  • Christmas 1978.

    Christmas 1978

    The Christmas period of 1978 was in full swing by this stage. The decorations were up, festive music was playing on the radio, people were feeling stressed, retail stores were filled with shoppers, and everyone was making plans for the big day.
  • 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 December 14, 1978.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to December 14, 1978.

  • November 15, 1978: Kenny Rogers releases the song "The Gambler".
  • November 18, 1978:
    • Cult leader Jim Jones and 918 of his members commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana.
    • US Congressman Leo Ryan is shot dead by Jim Jones' cult members in Jonestown, Guyana.
    • The song "September" is released by Earth, Wind & Fire.
  • November 19, 1978: NFL: The "Miracle at the Meadowlands" occurs when a fumbled ball gifts the Philadelphia Eagles a shock win over the New York Giants.
  • November 27, 1978: San Francisco mayor George Moscone is murdered.
  • December 11, 1978: The Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport is carried out by associates of the Lucchese family.
  • This date: December 14, 1978
  • December 16, 1978: The City of Cleveland enters into a financial default on federal loans.
  • December 20, 1978: Serial killer John Wayne Gacy confesses his crimes to police.
  • December 22, 1978: American serial killer John Wayne Gacey is arrested and admits to committing 25+ murders.
  • December 27, 1978: The Constitution of Spain is approved in a referendum, officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.
  • January 1, 1979: Soccer: Gary Lineker makes his senior debut.
  • January 12, 1979: Serial killer Kenneth Bianchi (Hillside Stranglers) is arrested in Washington.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 14, 1978, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • 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: December 14, 1978 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on December 14, 1978

TV audiences were watching the following shows on December 14, 1978:

TV shows from December 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 December 14, 1978

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

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes
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
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 December 1978.

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

Were you born on December 14, 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 December 14, 1984, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 14.

Nostradamus

Nostradamus

Apothecary Deceased
Born on December 14, 1503
He was not alive on this date.

Ernie Davis

Ernie Davis

American football player Deceased
Born on December 14, 1939
He was not alive on this date.

Jobriath

Jobriath

Musician Deceased
Born on December 14, 1946
He turned 32 on this day in 1978.

Thuy Trang

Thuy Trang

Actress Deceased
Born on December 14, 1973
She turned 5 on this day in 1978.

Michael Owen

Michael Owen

Soccer player
Born on December 14, 1979
He was born exactly one year after this date.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Actress and singer
Born on December 14, 1988
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.

USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 14, 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 December 14, 1978 was most likely conceived around March 23, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 14, 1978 is close to September 6, 1979.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about December 14, 1978:

  • 16,599 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,371 weeks have passed.
  • 1,434,150,000 seconds have passed since December 14, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,673,175,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 740,021,400,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 239,025,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 123,336,900 steps. That's roughly 54,816 miles.
  • 17,209,800 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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