January 1st, 1979, was a Monday. It was Day 1 of 1979. The decade was the Seventies.
44 years, 4 months, and 26 days have passed since January 1st, 1979.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.
What happened on January 1st, 1979?
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1979.
These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:
The movie "Superman" was at the top of the box office on January 1st, 1979.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane!
The date is January 1st, 1979, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.
It's New Years Day, the official start of the year 1979. A lot of people are relaxing at home. Others are nursing hangovers from the night before. In America, the song Too Much Heaven by The Bee Gees is at the top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, YMCA by Village People is the number-one hit song.
Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Superman is at the top of the box office. James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "M*A*S*H", "Welcome Back, Kotter", "The Incredible Hulk", and "WKRP in Cincinnati".
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 1979, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of Blondie, Gloria Gaynor, M, Donna Summer, Patrick Hernandez, The Knack and Rod Stewart. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Sid Vicious, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ian Curtis would all still be alive.
People are playing video games such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout", and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Muppet Show", "The All-New Super Friends Hour", "Godzilla", and "The All New Popeye Hour". Children are playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Lite-Brite, Star Wars action figures, and Hungry Hungry Hippos.
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 1st, 1979.
Popular music artists in 1979 included The Knack, Donna Summer, Chic, Rod Stewart, Peaches & Herb, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Anita Ward, Robert John and The Bee Gees.
The best NBA players in 1979 were Moses Malone, Marques Johnson, Elvin Hayes, George Gervin and Paul Westphal.
Movies released in 1979 included Kramer vs. Kramer, The Amityville Horror, Rocky II, Apocalypse Now, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, 10, The Jerk, Moonraker, The Muppet Movie, Monty Python's Life of Brian and The Warriors.
In 1979, the best soccer players were Kevin Keegan, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ruud Krol, Manfred Kaltz, Michel Platini, Paolo Rossi, Trevor Francis, Liam Brady, Zbigniew Boniek, Zdenek Nehoda, Kenny Dalglish and Allan Simonsen.
In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more common.
"Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1979.
The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named Time Person of the Year in 1979.
"What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers won a Grammy for 1979's Song of the Year.
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.
The popularity of roller skates exploded during the second half of the 1970s.
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.
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 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.
Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
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Television shows that people were watching in January 1979.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.
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.
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.
Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.
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.
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.
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.
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
1979 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet Citation, the Volkswagen Jetta, the Honda Civic (second generation), the Datsun Bluebird (910), the Vauxhall Astra and the Dodge St. Regis.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1979.
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
The New Fantastic Four
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
The All-New Super Friends Hour
The Muppet Show
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
All in the Family
The Pink Panther Show
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1979.
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Water Ring Toss
The Atari 2600
Star Wars action figures
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Dungeons & Dragons
Risk board game
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
Popular video games that people were playing in January of 1979.
Shooter arcade game.
Arcade game published by Atari.
Wild West themed arcade shooter game.
Arcade game where the player gets to control a World War I flying ace.
If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1979.
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 January 1st, 1985, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 1st.
The first Director of the FBI. Deceased
Born on January 1st, 1895
He was not alive on this date.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1979.
James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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