March 16th, 1979

March 16th, 1979, fell on a Friday. It was day 75 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 1 months and 1 days have passed since March 16th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on March 16th, 1979:

  • The Sino-Vietnamese War between China and Vietnam comes to an end.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on March 16th, 1979:

  • United States: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • United Kingdom: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Take Me Back!

The date is March 16th, 1979 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Pisces. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

Spring has started to creep in and the days are beginning to get longer. St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. The song I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor is on top of the singles charts in both the USA and the United Kingdom.

Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and James Callaghan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Good Times", "What's Happening!!", "Three's Company" and "Mork & Mindy". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "All in the Family" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys include the likes of "Big Jim (action figure)", "Dungeons & Dragons", "Simon (memory game)" 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 March 16th, 1979.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 42 years, 1 months and 1 days have passed since March 16th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 11 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on March 16th, 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 290390400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around March 16th, 1979:

  • February 14th, 1979: The American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dub, is shot dead after being kidnapped by militants.
  • February 17th, 1979: China invades Vietnam.
  • March 11th, 1979: Actor Victor Kilian is beaten to death by burglars at his apartment in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
  • This date: March 16th, 1979
  • March 18th, 1979: 10 miners die in an explosion in Wigan, England.
  • March 19th, 1979: English actor Richard Beckinsale dies of a heart attack.
  • April 1st, 1979: Iran becomes an Islamic Republic.
  • April 7th, 1979: Former Iran Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveyda is executed.
  • April 8th, 1979: The last episode of "All in the Family" is aired.
  • April 11th, 1979: Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is forced to flee the country by helicopter.
  • April 12th, 1979: The movie Mad Max (1979), starring Mel Gibson, is released in cinemas.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on March 16th, 1979, will have the star sign Pisces.
  • Pisces is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: March 16th, 1979 falls under the Wolf.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of March will have the birthstone Aquamarine.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would 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
  • Atari 2600
  • Star Wars action figures
  • 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

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.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 16th of March:


US President

Who was the US President on March 16th, 1979?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on March 16th, 1979?

  • James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on March 16th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 6th of June, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on March 16th, 1979 is the 24th of December, 1979. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about March 16th, 1979.

  • 15,374 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,328,310,000 seconds have passed since the March 16th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,549,695,000 times.
  • Since March 16th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 685,407,960,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,385,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,234,660 steps. That's about 50,771 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,939,720 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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