January 21st, 1979, fell on a Sunday. It was day 21 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.
Exactly 42 years have passed since January 21st, 1979.
On This Date
Events that occurred on January 21st, 1979:
Super Bowl XIII: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys by 35-31 at the Miami Orange Bowl.
Born On This Date
People who were born on this exact date:
Born on this exact date: Brian O'Driscoll: Rugby player.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 21st, 1979:
United States: Le Freak - Chic
United Kingdom: YMCA - Village People
Take Me Back!
The date is January 21st, 1979 and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.
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 James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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", "Welcome Back, Kotter", "Wonder Woman" and "The Muppet Show". 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", "All in the Family", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes". Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Magna Doodle", "Hungry Hungry Hippos" and "Speak & Spell".
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 21st, 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.
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 and information about this date:
This date fell on a weekend.
Exactly 42 years have passed since January 21st, 1979.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 03 of 1979.
Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on January 21st, 1979, will be 42 years of age.
People born in 1979 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 285724800.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around January 21st, 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.
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 21st, 1979, will have the star sign Aquarius.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
Zodiac Element: Air.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
Native American Zodiac: January 21st, 1979 falls under the Otter.
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.
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
The Muppet Show
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
All in the Family
The Pink Panther Show
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
The Bugs Bunny Show
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
Star Wars action figures
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Dungeons & Dragons
Big Jim (action figure)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
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.
Who was the US President on January 21st, 1979?
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 21st, 1979?
James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on January 21st, 1979 was probably conceived around the 13th of April, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 21st, 1979 is the 31st of October, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about January 21st, 1979.
15,341 days have passed since this date.
1,325,462,400 seconds have passed since the January 21st, 1979.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,546,372,800 times.
Since January 21st, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 683,938,598,400 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 220,910,400 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,989,766 steps. That's about 50,662 miles!
Since this date, 15,905,549 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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