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January 18th, 1979.

January 18th, 1979, was a Thursday. It was day 18 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 9 months and 6 days have passed since January 18th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

Born on January 18th, 1979.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 18th, 1979.

  • United States: Le Freak - Chic
  • United Kingdom: YMCA - Village People
Play the top hits from 1979.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1979. Take a trip back to the days of Donna Summer, ABBA, Bob Seger and the Bee Gees.
Superman

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Superman" was at the top of the box office on January 18th, 1979.

Take me back to January 18th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 18th, 1979 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. 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 and the movie Superman is at the top of the Box Office. In the United Kingdom, James Callaghan is the current Prime Minister.

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 be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "M*A*S*H", "Welcome Back, Kotter", "What's Happening!!" and "The Incredible Hulk". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pursuit", "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Happy Days" and "Mork & Mindy".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as VertiBird (toy helicopter), Magna Doodle, Connect Four and Simon (memory game).

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 18th, 1979.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1979?

    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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer.

    Kramer vs. Kramer.

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

  • The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes"

    The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes"

    "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers won a Grammy for 1979's Song of the Year.

  • 1979 in movies.

    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.

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    Ruhollah Khomeini.

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

  • 1979 in music.

    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.

  • Iranian Revolution.

    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.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 42 years, 9 months and 6 days have passed since January 18th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 18th, 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 285465600.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 18th, 1979.

  • 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 12th, 1979: Serial killer Kenneth Bianchi (Hillside Stranglers) is arrested in Washington.
  • January 16th, 1979: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran with his family.
  • This date: January 18th, 1979
  • 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 1st, 1979: Patty Hearst is released from prison.
  • February 1st, 1979: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years of exile.
  • February 2nd, 1979: Sex Pistols singer and guitarist Sid Vicious dies from a drug overdose at the age of 21.
  • February 9th, 1979: The Warriors (1979) is released in cinemas.
  • February 9th, 1979: Soccer: Nottingham Forest break Britain's transfer record with the £1 million signing of Trevor Francis.
  • February 11th, 1979: Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power in Iran.
  • February 13th, 1979: A section of the Hood Canal Bridge in Washington sinks after a windstorm.
  • February 14th, 1979: The American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dub, is shot dead after being kidnapped by militants.
  • February 17th, 1979: China invades Vietnam.

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 18th, 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 18th, 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.

TV shows from January, 1979.

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy
Comedy TV show about an alien called Mork. Starring Robin Williams.

Taxi
Taxi
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Soap
Soap
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
American TV show that included characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

What's Happening!!
What's Happening!!
Comedy TV show about three young men called Raj, Dwayne and Rerun.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.

Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".

Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch
Detectives David Starsky and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson protect the streets of Bay City.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

The Rockford Files
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
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Good Times
Good Times
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Cars in 1979.

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.

Cars in 1979.

Kid's TV shows on January 18th, 1979.

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

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy

Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show

Bagpuss
Bagpuss

Happy Days
Happy Days

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Popular toys and games in 1979.

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

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Shogun Warriors
Shogun Warriors

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)

Micronauts
Micronauts

Stretch Armstrong
Stretch Armstrong

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Connect Four
Connect Four

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Gun Fight 1975
Gun Fight
Wild West themed arcade shooter game.

Pursuit 1975
Pursuit
Arcade game where the player gets to control a World War I flying ace.

Were you born on this date?

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 from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 18th, 1985 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 18th.

Kevin Costner

Actor.
Born on January 18th, 1955
He turned 24 on this day in 1979.

Pep Guardiola

Soccer manager.
Born on January 18th, 1971
He turned 8 on this day in 1979.

Seung-Hui Cho

Mass murderer. Deceased
Born on January 18th, 1984
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on January 18th, 1979.

UK Prime Minister.

James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 18th, 1979.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 18th, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 10th of April, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 18th, 1979 is close to the 28th of October, 1979.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 18th, 1979.

  • A total of 15,621 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,231 weeks have passed.
  • 1,349,650,800 seconds have passed since the January 18th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,574,592,600 times.
  • Since January 18th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 696,419,812,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 224,941,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 116,069,969 steps. That's about 51,587 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,195,810 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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