February 17th, 1979, fell on a Saturday. It was day 48 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.
41 years, 4 months and 16 days have passed since February 17th, 1979.
On This Date
Events that occurred on February 17th, 1979:
China invades Vietnam.
Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 17th, 1979:
United States: Da Ya Think I'm Sexy - Rod Stewart
United Kingdom: Heart Of Glass - Blondie
Take Me Back!
The date is February 17th, 1979 and it's a Saturday. People are enjoying their weekend. In America, the song Da Ya Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart is on top of the singles charts.
Over in the UK, Heart Of Glass by Blondie 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 "Barnaby Jones", "What's Happening!!", "Charlie's Angels" and "The Incredible Hulk". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "Mork & Mindy".
Popular toys include the likes of "Lite-Brite", "Magna Doodle", "Lego Technic" and "Shogun Warriors".
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 February 17th, 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.
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.
The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1979.
Kramer vs. Kramer
"Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.
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.
Between the 17th of February, 1979 and the 16th of March, 1979, a border war was being fought between China and Vietnam. The war started after China entered northern Vietnam in response to Vietnam's occupation of Cambodia.
Basic facts and information about this date:
This date fell on a weekend.
41 years, 4 months and 16 days have passed since February 17th, 1979.
Week Number: This date occurred during Week 07 of 1979.
Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
Age: Anyone born on February 17th, 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 288057600.
Around This Time...
Notable events that occurred around February 17th, 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.
Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Aquarius.
Zodiac Element: Air.
Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
Native American Zodiac: February 17th, 1979 falls under the Otter.
Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.
The Dukes of Hazzard - American television series.
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.
Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.
Three's Company - Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.
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.
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)
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Water Ring Toss
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 17th of February:
Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on February 17th, 1979.
Interesting facts about conception dates.
A baby that was born on February 17th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 10th of May, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 17th, 1979 is the 27th of November, 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.
How old was I?
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about February 17th, 1979.
15,115 days have passed since this date.
1,305,932,400 seconds have passed since the February 17th, 1979.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,523,587,800 times.
Since February 17th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 673,861,118,400 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 217,655,400 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,310,186 steps. That's about 49,916 miles!
Since this date, 15,671,189 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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