July 12th, 1979

July 12th, 1979, fell on a Thursday. It was day 193 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

40 years, 11 months and 30 days have passed since July 12th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on July 12th, 1979:

  • 72 peope die after a fire breaks out at a hotel in Zaragoza, Spain.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on July 12th, 1979:

  • United States: Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • United Kingdom: Are Friends Electric - Tubeway Army

Take Me Back!

The date is July 12th, 1979 and it's a Thursday. It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Bad Girls by Donna Summer is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Are Friends Electric by Tubeway Army 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 "Columbo.", "The Rockford Files", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Taxi". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout" and "Space Invaders". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" and "The Muppet Show".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Etch A Sketch", "Easy-Bake Oven", "VertiBird (toy helicopter)" and "Micronauts".


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 July 12th, 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.

  • Ted Bundy's murder trial.

    The trial of American serial killer Ted Bundy was taking place in Miami, Florida at this time.

  • Chuck Berry receives prison time.

    On the 10th of July, 1979, singer Chuck Berry received a four month prison sentence after pleading guilty to tax evasion.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 40 years, 11 months and 30 days have passed since July 12th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 28 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 12th, 1979, will be 40 years of age.
  • People born in 1979 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 300582000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around July 12th, 1979:

  • June 15th, 1979: The film Rocky II (1979) is released.
  • June 20th, 1979: ABC TV news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter Juan Espinosa are killed by a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier.
  • June 26th, 1979: The James Bond film Moonraker (1979) is released in cinemas.
  • July 1st, 1979: The Walkman cassette player is released.
  • July 10th, 1979: Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in prison for tax evasion.
  • July 16th, 1979: Saddam Hussein becomes the president of Iraq.
  • July 24th, 1979: Ted Bundy is found guilty of murder and sentenced to death.
  • July 27th, 1979: The Amityville Horror (1979) is released in movie theaters.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 12th, 1979, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: July 12th, 1979 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.

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 12th of July:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 12th of July:

  • Battle of the Boyne (Orangeman's Day)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on July 12th, 1979.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on July 12th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 2nd of October, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 12th, 1979 is the 20th of April, 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?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about July 12th, 1979.

  • 14,975 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,293,840,000 seconds have passed since the July 12th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,509,480,000 times.
  • Since July 12th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 667,621,440,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 215,640,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,270,240 steps. That's about 49,453 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,526,080 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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