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January 1st, 1979.

January 1st, 1979, was a Monday. It was day 1 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 4 months and 4 days have passed since January 1st, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 1st, 1979?

  • Soccer: Gary Lineker makes his senior debut.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1979.

  • United States: Too Much Heaven - The Bee Gees
  • United Kingdom: YMCA - Village People

Take me back to 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. 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 on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, YMCA by Village People 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 1979, the music charts are being dominated by the likes of Blondie, Gloria Gaynor, M, Donna Summer, Patrick Hernandez, The Knack and Rod Stewart. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo.", "What's Happening!!", "Charlie's Angels" 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 "Captain Kangaroo", "Battle of the Planets", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Magna Doodle, 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 January 1st, 1979.

  • 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.

  • 1979 in music.

    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.

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1979.

  • 1979 in movies.

    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.

  • The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes".

    "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers would go on to win a Grammy for 1979's Song of the Year.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer.

    "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1979.

  • Who were the best football players in 1979?

    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.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1979?

    The best NBA players in 1979 were Moses Malone, Marques Johnson, Elvin Hayes, George Gervin and Paul Westphal.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 42 years, 4 months and 4 days have passed since January 1st, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 1st, 1979, will be 42 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1979 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 283996800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 1st, 1979.

  • 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.
  • This date: January 1st, 1979
  • 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.
  • January 29th, 1979: U.S. President Jimmy Carter commutes the prison sentence of Patty Hearst.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 1st, 1979, 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, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 1st, 1979 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

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 January 1st, 1979.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1979.

  • 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 1979.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1979.

  • 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
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

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 1st of January.

  • January 1st, 1895: J. Edgar Hoover (The first Director of the FBI) (Deceased)
  • January 1st, 1958: Grandmaster Flash (American hip hop recording artist and DJ) turned 21 on this day in 1979.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 1st of January.

  • New Year's Day

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 1st, 1979.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 1st, 1979.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 1st, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 24th of March, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 1st, 1979 is close to the 11th of October, 1979.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 1st, 1979.

  • A total of 15,466 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,209 weeks have passed.
  • 1,336,258,800 seconds have passed since the January 1st, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,558,968,600 times.
  • Since January 1st, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 689,509,540,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 222,709,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,918,257 steps. That's about 51,075 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,035,106 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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