May 4th, 1979

May 4th, 1979, fell on a Friday. It was day 124 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 11 months and 16 days have passed since May 4th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 4th, 1979:

  • Margaret Thatcher becomes the United Kingdom's first female prime minister.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1979:

  • United States: Reunited - Peaches & Herb
  • United Kingdom: Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel

Take Me Back!

The date is May 4th, 1979 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1979 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Reunited by Peaches & Herb 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 Margaret Thatcher 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 "Happy Days", "The Rockford Files", "Three's Company" and "Taxi". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Pink Panther Show", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Connect Four", "Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)", "Speak & Spell" and "Cabbage Patch Kids".


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 May 4th, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 41 years, 11 months and 16 days have passed since May 4th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 4th, 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 294620400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 4th, 1979:

  • 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.
  • This date: May 4th, 1979
  • 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.
  • May 25th, 1979: Ridley Scott's film Alien (1979) is released in cinemas.
  • May 25th, 1979: 273 people are killed when American Airlines Flight 191 crashes in Chicago.
  • May 25th, 1979: "Boy on the Milk Carton": Six-year-old Etan Patz is kidnapped in Manhattan, New York City.
  • May 30th, 1979: Football: Nottingham Forest win the European Cup after defeating Malmo FF 1-0.
  • May 31st, 1979: The Muppet Movie (1979) is released.
  • May 31st, 1979: The radio station "2FM" airs in Ireland for the first time.
  • June 1st, 1979: The Seattle SuperSonics win the 1979 NBA Finals after they defeat the Washington Bullets 4-1.
  • June 2nd, 1979: American actor Jim Hutton dies of liver cancer.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 4th, 1979, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 4th, 1979 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

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
  • 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 4th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 4th of May:

  • Greenery Day (Japan)

US President

Who was the US President on May 4th, 1979?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 4th, 1979?

  • Margaret Thatcher 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 May 4th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 25th of July, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 4th, 1979 is the 11th of February, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about May 4th, 1979.

  • 15,327 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,324,252,800 seconds have passed since the May 4th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,544,961,600 times.
  • Since May 4th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 683,314,444,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 220,708,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,885,741 steps. That's about 50,616 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,891,034 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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