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August 7th, 1979.

August 7th, 1979, was a Tuesday. It was day 219 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 9 months and 3 days have passed since August 7th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 7th, 1979.

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

Take me back to August 7th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 7th, 1979 and it's a Tuesday. 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 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. "The Amityville Horror" is currently being shown in movie theaters.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Happy Days", "The Jeffersons", "Laverne & Shirley" and "Chips". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout", "Space Invaders" and "Lunar Lander". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Pink Panther Show", "The Muppet Show", "Battle of the Planets" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Dungeons & Dragons, Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game), Star Wars action figures 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 August 7th, 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.

  • 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 are murdered before Wayne Williams is eventually caught and convicted of murder.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 41 years, 9 months and 3 days have passed since August 7th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 32 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 7th, 1979, will be 41 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1979 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 302828400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 7th, 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 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.
  • This date: August 7th, 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 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.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 7th, 1979, will have the star sign Leo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Cancer.
  • 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 5.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 7th, 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.

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.

Kid's TV shows on August 7th, 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.

  • Lunar Lander - In which the player controls a lunar landing module.
  • 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 notable people who were born on the 7th of August.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 7th, 1979.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 7th, 1979.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 7th, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 28th of October, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 7th, 1979 is close to the 16th of May, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about August 7th, 1979.

  • A total of 15,252 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,178 weeks have passed.
  • 1,317,772,800 seconds have passed since the August 7th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,537,401,600 times.
  • Since August 7th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 679,970,764,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 219,628,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,328,461 steps. That's about 50,368 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,813,274 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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