February 17th, 1979

February 17th, 1979, fell on a Saturday. It was day 48 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 7 months and 0 days have passed since February 17th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on February 17th, 1979:

  • China invades Vietnam.


Music Singles

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. Valentine's Day of 1979 has just passed.

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 "Last of the Summer Wine", "The Rockford Files", "Wonder Woman" and "The Muppet Show". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Happy Days", "Battle of the Planets" and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys include the likes of "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)", "Atari 2600" and "Water Ring Toss".


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.

  • 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.

  • Sino-Vietnamese War.

    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

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 41 years, 7 months and 0 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:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Aquarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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.

Television Shows

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.
  • 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.

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)
  • Shogun Warriors
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 17th of February:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on February 17th, 1979.

Conception Dates

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).

Video Games

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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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about February 17th, 1979.

  • 15,189 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,312,326,000 seconds have passed since the February 17th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,531,047,000 times.
  • Since February 17th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 677,160,216,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,721,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,860,036 steps. That's about 50,160 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,747,912 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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