May 8th, 1979

May 8th, 1979, fell on a Tuesday. Day 128 of 1979. Decade: 1970s.

41 years, 0 months and 26 days have passed since May 8th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 8th, 1979:

  • 10 people die after a fire breaks out at a Woolworth's store in Manchester, England.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 8th, 1979:

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

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 8th, 1979.

  • 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.

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 41 years, 0 months and 26 days have passed since May 8th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 19 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 8th, 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 294966000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 8th, 1979:

  • 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 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.
  • 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 8th, 1979, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 8th, 1979 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

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.
  • 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" - "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
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
  • Lego Technic
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Micronauts
  • 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 8th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 8th of May:

  • Victory in Europe Day (France)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on May 8th, 1979.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 8th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 29th of July, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 8th, 1979 is the 15th of February, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

Computer 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.

8th of May

Events that have occurred on the 8th of May:

  • May 8th, 1945: World War II: German forces surrender in Western Europe.
  • May 8th, 1967: American actress Barbara Payton dies of heart and liver failure at the age of 39.
  • May 8th, 1984: Former Canadian Forces corporal Denis Lortie kills three government employees in the National Assembly of Quebec building.
  • May 8th, 1987: 8 IRA volunteers and a civilian are killed in an SAS ambush in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.
  • May 8th, 1997: 35 people are killed when China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 crashes in Shenzhen.
  • May 8th, 1971: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after they defeat Liverpool 2-1 in Extra Time.
  • May 8th, 1988: The final episode of "Magnum, P.I." is aired.
  • May 8th, 1998: The movie Deep Impact (1998) is released.
  • May 8th, 2002: Arsenal clinch the 2001-2002 FA Premier League title after a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
  • May 8th, 2005: Afghan singer Nasrat Parsa dies in Vancouver, Canada after being punched by an irate fan.
  • May 8th, 2008: Football: It is announced that Pep Guardiola will become the new manager of Barcelona.
  • May 8th, 2009: Star Trek (2009) is released.
  • May 8th, 2012: Jermaine Paul wins the second season of The Voice.
  • May 8th, 2013: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson announces his retirement.
  • May 8th, 2015: UK politics: Ed Miliband steps down as leader of the Labour Party.

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about May 8th, 1979.

  • 15,002 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,296,172,800 seconds have passed since the May 8th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,512,201,600 times.
  • Since May 8th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 668,825,164,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 216,028,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,470,861 steps. That's about 49,543 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,554,074 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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