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August 1st, 1979.

August 1st, 1979, was a Wednesday. It was day 213 of 1979. The decade was the Seventies.

42 years, 10 months and 30 days have passed since August 1st, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Birthdays

Born on August 1st, 1979.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 1st, 1979.

  • United States: Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • United Kingdom: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats

The Billboard Hot 100 on August 1st, 1979.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
  • Good Times - Chic
  • Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
  • Makin' It - David Naughton
Play the top singles from the year 1979.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1979. Take a trip back to the days of Donna Summer, ABBA, Bob Seger and the Bee Gees.
The Amityville Horror

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Amityville Horror" was at the top of the Box Office on August 1st, 1979.

Take me back to August 1st, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 1st, 1979, and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. 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, I Don't Like Mondays by Boomtown Rats is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States, and the movie The Amityville Horror 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.

"The Amityville Horror" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ian Curtis, Steve McQueen and John Lennon would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Little House on the Prairie", "Wonder Woman" and "Dallas".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout", "Space Invaders" and "Lunar Lander". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Sesame Street", "The Muppet Show", "The All-New Super Friends Hour" and "The New Fantastic Four". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as the Easy-Bake Oven, Operation, Star Wars action figures and Hungry Hungry Hippos.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on August 1st, 1979.

  • Ted Bundy is sentenced to death.

    Ted Bundy is sentenced to death.

    On July 24th, 1979, American serial killer Ted Bundy was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. His trial received a huge amount of media attention at the time.

  • The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.

    The Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981.

    During this time, the Atlanta murders of 1979 - 1981 were taking place. At least 28 children and young adults were murdered before Wayne Williams was eventually arrested and convicted.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Walkman.

    The Walkman.

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

  • Kramer vs. Kramer.

    Kramer vs. Kramer.

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

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    Ruhollah Khomeini.

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

  • 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 42 years, 10 months and 30 days have passed since August 1st, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 31 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on August 1st, 1979 will be 42 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1979 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 302310000.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around August 1st, 1979.

  • 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 12th, 1979: American mob boss Carmine Galante is shot dead at an Italian restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
  • July 16th, 1979: Saddam Hussein becomes the president of Iraq.
  • 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.
  • This date: August 1st, 1979
  • 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.
  • August 17th, 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) is released.
  • August 24th, 1979: The sitcom "The Facts of Life" premiers on NBC.
  • August 27th, 1979: Warrenpoint ambush: The Provisional IRA ambush and kill 18 British soldiers.
  • August 27th, 1979: Lord Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others are assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 1st, 1979, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 1st, 1979 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 1st, 1979.

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Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in August, 1979.

TV shows from August, 1979.

The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
American television series.

WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Sitcom about staff members who work at a radio station in Cincinnati.

Taxi
Taxi
American sitcom starring Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito.

Dallas
Dallas
Soap opera.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
Starring Lou Ferrigno.

The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Television series that was set on a cruise ship. Starring Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merrill Stubing.

Chips
Chips
TV show about two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers called Jon Baker and Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.

Soap
Soap
Comedy series / satire about soap operas. Starring Billy Crystal as Jodie Dallas.

Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

Three's Company
Three's Company
Sitcom about two girls and their male room mate.

Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
TV show about a Los Angeles County medical examiner called Dr. Quincy.

Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
TV show about three female police academy-trained private detectives.

Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Series about two roommates called Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
TV show about a superhero called Diana Prince.

Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.

Welcome Back, Kotter
Welcome Back, Kotter
Gabe Kotter returns to his old school as a teacher, where he's put in charge of "the Sweathogs".

Barney Miller
Barney Miller
Sitcom about a police station in New York City. Starring Hal Linden as Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller.

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
TV show about an African- American couple that have moved into an upscale high-rise building.

The Rockford Files
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
Little House on the Prairie
TV show that was set in the 1870s.

Good Times
Good Times
American sitcom about a family living in a poor, black neighborhood in inner-city Chicago.

Happy Days
Happy Days
TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Television series about a Private Detective and his widowed daughter-in-law.

Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
British sitcom about three senior citizens in the Yorkshire Dales.

M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

Cars in 1979.

1979 saw the introduction of cars such as the Chevrolet Citation, the Volkswagen Jetta, the Honda Civic (second generation), the Datsun Bluebird (910), the Vauxhall Astra and the Dodge St. Regis.

Cars in 1979.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on August 1st, 1979.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1979.

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy

Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets

The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour

Godzilla
Godzilla

The New Fantastic Four
The New Fantastic Four

Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

The All-New Super Friends Hour
The All-New Super Friends Hour

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show

Bagpuss
Bagpuss

Happy Days
Happy Days

Schoolhouse Rock!
Schoolhouse Rock!

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1979.

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

Screwball Scramble
Screwball Scramble

Cabbage Patch Kids
Cabbage Patch Kids

Speak & Spell
Speak & Spell

Simon (memory game)
Simon (memory game)

Shogun Warriors
Shogun Warriors

Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry Hippos

Water Ring Toss
Water Ring Toss

The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600

Star Wars action figures
Star Wars action figures

Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)

Lego Technic
Lego Technic

Stretch Armstrong
Stretch Armstrong

Micronauts
Micronauts

Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeons & Dragons

Connect Four
Connect Four

Magna Doodle
Magna Doodle

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Operation
Operation

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in August of 1979.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
In which the player controls a lunar landing module.

Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Shooter arcade game.

Breakout 1976
Breakout
Arcade game published by Atari.

Gun Fight 1975
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 you should check out August 1st, 1985 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on August 1st.

Jerry Garcia

Guitarist. Deceased
Born on August 1st, 1942
He turned 37 on this day in 1979.

Tommy Bolin

American guitarist. Deceased
Born on August 1st, 1951
He was not alive on this date.

Chuck D

Rapper.
Born on August 1st, 1960
He turned 19 on this day in 1979.

Micheál Martin

Irish politician.
Born on August 1st, 1960
He turned 19 on this day in 1979.

Coolio

Rapper.
Born on August 1st, 1963
He turned 16 on this day in 1979.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

German soccer player.
Born on August 1st, 1984
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Nemanja Matic

Serbian soccer player.
Born on August 1st, 1988
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

USA

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 1st, 1979.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 1st, 1979.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 1st, 1979 was most likely conceived around November 8th, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 1st, 1979 is close to April 23rd, 1980.

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Stats for August 1st, 1979

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 1st, 1979.

  • A total of 15,675 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,239 weeks have passed.
  • 1,354,320,000 seconds have passed since the August 1st, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,580,040,000 times.
  • Since August 1st, 1979, the Earth has travelled approximately 698,829,120,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 225,720,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 116,471,520 steps. That's about 51,765 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,251,840 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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