BestOfDate

December 17th, 1978.

December 17th, 1978, was a Sunday. It was day 351 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 9 months and 1 days have passed since December 17th, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

Born on December 17th, 1978.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1978.

  • United States: You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
  • United Kingdom: Mary's Boy Child - Boney M
Play the top hits 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 December 17th, 1978.

Take me back to December 17th, 1978!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 17th, 1978 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The Christmas season of 1978 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio. In America, the song You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond 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 and the movie Midnight Express is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, James Callaghan is the current Prime Minister. 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. The film "Superman" has just been released in movie theaters. 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", "Quincy, M.E." and "Mork & Mindy". 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", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Mork & Mindy".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Big Jim (action figure), Magna Doodle, Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game) and Water Ring Toss.

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 December 17th, 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 42 years, 9 months and 1 days have passed since December 17th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 17th, 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 282700800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 17th, 1978.

  • 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 18th, 1978: The song "September" is released by Earth, Wind & Fire.
  • 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.
  • November 27th, 1978: San Francisco mayor George Moscone is murdered.
  • December 11th, 1978: The Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport is carried out by associates of the Lucchese family.
  • This date: December 17th, 1978
  • December 20th, 1978: Serial killer John Wayne Gacy confesses his crimes to police.
  • 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.
  • January 1st, 1979: Soccer: Gary Lineker makes his senior debut.
  • January 12th, 1979: Serial killer Kenneth Bianchi (Hillside Stranglers) is arrested in Washington.
  • January 16th, 1979: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family.

Personality traits.

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

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

View Personality Summary

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 17th, 1978, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 17th, 1978 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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.
  • What's Happening!! - Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • Wonder Woman - TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.
  • Fawlty Towers - British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".
  • Starsky & Hutch - Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • The Rockford Files - TV show about a Private Detective that was previously jailed for a crime that he didn't commit.

Kid's TV shows on December 17th, 1978.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

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
  • Risk board game
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)

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 December 17th, 1984 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 17th.

Pope Francis

Pope.
Born on December 17th, 1936
He turned 42 on this day in 1978.

Bill Pullman

Actor.
Born on December 17th, 1953
He turned 25 on this day in 1978.

Chuck Liddell

MMA fighter.
Born on December 17th, 1969
He turned 9 on this day in 1978.

Chelsea Manning

Whistleblower.
Born on December 17th, 1987
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 17th, 1978.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 1978.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 17th, 1978 was most likely conceived around the 9th of March, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1978 is close to the 26th of September, 1979.

How old was I?

Enter your date of birth below to find out how old you were on December 17th, 1978.

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 17th, 1978.

  • A total of 15,617 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,231 weeks have passed.
  • 1,349,305,200 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,574,189,400 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1978, the earth has travelled approximately 696,241,483,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 224,884,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 116,040,247 steps. That's about 51,573 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,191,662 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

Post a comment about this date.

Have something to say about December 17th, 1978?

All comments are moderated before they are published. We may edit comments to correct misspellings and grammar. We may also remove or redact personal information.

Search for another date.

It looks like you have reached the end! Try searching for another date.



Random dates.

Feeling lucky? Take a look at the list of random dates below.


« Previous Day
December 16, 1978
Next Day »
December 18, 1978

© 2014-2021 BestOfDate.com

We use cookies to deliver personalized advertisements, improve your experience and to analyze our site's performance.

For more details, please read our Privacy Policy.

Manage Cookie Preferences

You can set your cookie preferences below. However, please be aware that not allowing certain cookies may impact your experience of the site.

Performance
These cookies allow us to analyze our traffic so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site.
Functional
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. Disabling them may prevent certain services from working.
Targeting
These are cookies that can be set by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and serve relevant adverts to you on other websites and apps. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.
Strictly Necessary
These are essential cookies that our website requires in order to function properly. More often than not, these are set after you perform a specific action.

You can change your choice at any time by using the Privacy Center link in our footer.

For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.