December 17th, 1978

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

42 years, 1 months and 2 days have passed since December 17th, 1978.


Born On This Date

People who were born on this exact date:

  • Born on this exact date: Manny Pacquiao: Boxer.


Music Singles

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

Take Me Back!

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 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. The film "Superman" has just been released in movie theaters.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Jeffersons", "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "Charlie's Angels". 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", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Happy Days" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Star Wars action figures" and "Shogun Warriors".


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 17th, 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:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 42 years, 1 months and 2 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 16th, 1979: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • 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 (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 17th, 1978 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

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.

  • 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)
  • 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 17th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 17th, 1978?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 17th, 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 December 17th, 1978 was probably conceived around the 9th of March, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 17th, 1978 is the 26th of September, 1979. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 15,374 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,328,313,600 seconds have passed since the December 17th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,549,699,200 times.
  • Since December 17th, 1978, earth has travelled approximately 685,409,817,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,385,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,234,970 steps. That's about 50,771 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,939,763 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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