April 17th, 1979

April 17th, 1979, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 107 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 7 months and 15 days have passed since April 17th, 1979.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1979:

  • United States: Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart
  • United Kingdom: Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel

Take Me Back!

The date is April 17th, 1979 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1979 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel 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 "Happy Days", "Little House on the Prairie", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Chips". 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", "The Pink Panther Show" and "Sesame Street". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Etch A Sketch", "Lite-Brite", "Lego Technic" and "Star Wars action figures".


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 April 17th, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 41 years, 7 months and 15 days have passed since April 17th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 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 293151600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around April 17th, 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.
  • April 28th, 1979: 12-year-old Christina White goes missing in Asotin, Washington.
  • May 4th, 1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes the United Kingdom's first female prime minister.
  • May 8th, 1979: 10 people die after a fire breaks out at a Woolworth's store in Manchester, England.
  • May 12th, 1979: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after beating Manchester United 3-2. Alan Sunderland scores a late 88th minute winner.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17th, 1979 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.

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
  • 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

Celebrity Birthdays

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


US President

Who was the US President on April 17th, 1979?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 17th, 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 April 17th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 8th of July, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17th, 1979 is the 25th of January, 1980. (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?

Enter your date of birth below to find out how old you were on April 17th, 1979.

Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 15,205 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,313,715,600 seconds have passed since the April 17th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,532,668,200 times.
  • Since April 17th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 677,877,249,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,952,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,979,542 steps. That's about 50,213 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,764,587 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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