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July 17th, 1979.

July 17th, 1979, was a Tuesday. It was day 198 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years and 13 days have passed since July 17th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Music charts.

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

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

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Moonraker" was at the top of the box office on July 17th, 1979.

Take me back to July 17th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 17th, 1979 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. 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 and the movie Moonraker is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is the current Prime Minister. 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 "Soap", "Chips", "Dallas" 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 "Sesame Street", "Battle of the Planets", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, Dungeons & Dragons, Lego Technic and Cabbage Patch Kids.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on July 17th, 1979.

  • Chuck Berry receives prison time.

    Chuck Berry receives prison time.

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

  • The trial of Ted Bundy is taking place.

    The trial of Ted Bundy is taking place.

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

  • Rocky II is showing at movie theaters.

    Rocky II is showing at movie theaters.

    In June and July of 1979, the long-awaited sequel to the boxing film "Rocky" was showing at movie theaters. The movie focused on a rematch between Rocky and the heavyweight champion Apollo Creed.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

    In the late 1970s and 1980s, portable cassette players such as the "Sony Walkman" were becoming more and more common.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1979?

    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.

  • Who were the best football players 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.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer.

    Kramer vs. Kramer.

    "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1979.

  • The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes"

    The Doobie Brothers - "What a Fool Believes"

    "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers won a Grammy for 1979's Song of the Year.

  • 1979 in movies.

    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.

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    Ruhollah Khomeini.

    The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1979.

  • 1979 in music.

    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.

  • Roller skates.

    Roller skates.

    The popularity of roller skates exploded during the later half of the 1970s.

  • Disco music.

    Disco music.

    In the second half of the 1970s, disco music became mainstream. During this period, nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 42 years and 13 days have passed since July 17th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 29 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on July 17th, 1979, will be 42 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1979 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 301014000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around July 17th, 1979.

  • June 20th, 1979: ABC TV news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter Juan Espinosa are killed by a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier.
  • June 22nd, 1979: UK politics: Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe is found not guilty of attempting kill male model Norman Scott.
  • 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 12th, 1979: 72 peope die after a fire breaks out at a hotel in Zaragoza, Spain.
  • July 12th, 1979: Disco Demolition Night: The Chicago White Sox's "anti-disco" promotion ends in a riot.
  • July 16th, 1979: Saddam Hussein becomes the president of Iraq.
  • This date: July 17th, 1979
  • July 19th, 1979: A massive oil spill occurs after the SS Atlantic Empress collides with another oil tanker in the Caribbean Sea.
  • 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.
  • August 15th, 1979: The film Apocalypse Now (1979) is released.
  • August 15th, 1979: Led Zeppelin release their final studio album "In Through the Out Door".
  • August 16th, 1979: Former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker dies from a heart attack at the age of 83.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Gemini.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 17th, 1979 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • 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.
  • The Muppet Show - American TV show that included characters such as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
  • Laverne & Shirley - Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.
  • Wonder Woman - TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter - Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".
  • The Jeffersons - TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.
  • The Rockford Files - TV show about a Private Detective that was previously jailed for a crime that he didn't commit.
  • Little House on the Prairie - TV show that was set in the 1870s.
  • Good Times - American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Kid's TV shows on July 17th, 1979.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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

Popular toys and games in 1979.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1979.

  • Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Speak & Spell
  • Simon (memory game)
  • Shogun Warriors
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • The 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
  • The Easy-Bake Oven

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Space Invaders - Shooter arcade game.
  • Breakout - Arcade game published by Atari.
  • Gun Fight - Wild West themed arcade shooter game.

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1979.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out July 17th, 1985 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 17th.

David Hasselhoff

Actor.
Born on July 17th, 1952
He turned 27 on this day in 1979.

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor.
Born on July 17th, 1954
She turned 25 on this day in 1979.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on July 17th, 1979.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 17th, 1979.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 17th, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 7th of October, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 17th, 1979 is close to the 25th of April, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 15,354 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,193 weeks have passed.
  • 1,326,585,600 seconds have passed since the July 17th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,547,683,200 times.
  • Since July 17th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 684,518,169,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,097,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,086,362 steps. That's about 50,705 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,919,027 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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