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December 27th, 1978.

December 27th, 1978, was a Wednesday. It was day 361 of 1978. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 4 months and 12 days have passed since December 27th, 1978.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on December 27th, 1978?

  • The Constitution of Spain is approved in a referendum, officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 27th, 1978.

  • United States: Le Freak - Chic
  • United Kingdom: Mary's Boy Child - Boney M

Take me back to December 27th, 1978!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 27th, 1978 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Christmas Day of 1978 has just passed and many people are relaxing at home and enjoying the holiday season.

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

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "M*A*S*H", "Barnaby Jones", "Happy Days" and "The Jeffersons". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Sesame Street", "All in the Family", "Happy Days" and "Battle of the Planets".

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

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 27th, 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, 4 months and 12 days have passed since December 27th, 1978.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1978.
  • Leap Year: 1978 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 27th, 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 283564800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 27th, 1978.

  • 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.
  • This date: December 27th, 1978
  • January 1st, 1979: Soccer: Gary Lineker makes his senior debut.
  • January 16th, 1979: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family.
  • January 21st, 1979: Super Bowl XIII: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys by 35-31 at the Miami Orange Bowl.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 27th, 1978, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1978 was the year of the Horse (Yang Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 27th, 1978 falls under the Goose.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on December 27th, 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
  • Baby Alive (doll)
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite

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.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 27th of December.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 27th, 1978.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 27th, 1978.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 27th, 1978 was most likely conceived around the 19th of March, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 27th, 1978 is close to the 6th of October, 1979.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 27th, 1978.

  • A total of 15,474 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,210 weeks have passed.
  • 1,336,950,000 seconds have passed since the December 27th, 1978.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,559,775,000 times.
  • Since December 27th, 1978, the earth has travelled approximately 689,866,200,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 222,825,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,977,700 steps. That's about 51,101 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,043,400 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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