January 16th, 1979, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 16 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.
41 years, 5 months and 28 days have passed since January 16th, 1979.
On This Date
Events that occurred on January 16th, 1979:
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family.
Born On This Date
People who were born on this exact date:
Born on this exact date: Aaliyah: Singer.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 16th, 1979:
United States: Le Freak - Chic
United Kingdom: YMCA - Village People
Take Me Back!
The date is January 16th, 1979 and it's a Tuesday. In America, the song Le Freak by Chic 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. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "All in the Family", "The Rockford Files", "Eight Is Enough" and "Taxi".
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", "All in the Family", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Battleship (game)", "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Connect Four" and "Stretch Armstrong".
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 January 16th, 1979.
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.
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.
Basic facts and information about this date:
41 years, 5 months and 28 days have passed since January 16th, 1979.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1979.
Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on January 16th, 1979, will be 41 years of age.
People born in 1979 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 285292800.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around January 16th, 1979:
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 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.
February 14th, 1979: The American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dub, is shot dead after being kidnapped by militants.
Horoscopes & Birthstone Information
Zodiac & Birthstone information:
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 16th, 1979, will have the star sign Capricorn.
Zodiac Element: Earth.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
Native American Zodiac: January 16th, 1979 falls under the Goose.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
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.
1979 - Kid's TV
Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"
1979 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1979:
Cabbage Patch Kids
Speak & Spell
Simon (memory game)
Water Ring Toss
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Kenner Star Wars action figures
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 16th of January:
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 16th of January:
Republic Day (India)
Who was the US President on this particular date?
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 16th, 1979.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on January 16th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 8th of April, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 16th, 1979 is the 26th of October, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
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.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about January 16th, 1979.
15,155 days have passed since this date.
1,309,388,400 seconds have passed since the January 16th, 1979.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,527,619,800 times.
Since January 16th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 675,644,414,400 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,231,400 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,607,402 steps. That's about 50,048 miles!
Since this date, 15,712,661 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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