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August 17th, 1979.

August 17th, 1979, was a Friday. It was day 229 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

42 years, 1 months and 3 days have passed since August 17th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On this day.

What happened on August 17th, 1979?

  • Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) is released.

Music charts.

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

  • United States: Good Times - Chic
  • United Kingdom: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
Play the top hits from 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 17th, 1979.

Take me back to August 17th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is August 17th, 1979 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Leo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Good Times by Chic 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 war film "Apocalypse Now" 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 "Columbo.", "Laverne & Shirley", "The Incredible Hulk" and "Taxi". 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 "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Battleship (game), Big Jim (action figure), Magna Doodle and Lego Technic.

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 17th, 1979.

  • 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.

  • 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, 1 months and 3 days have passed since August 17th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 33 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 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 303692400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around August 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.
  • This date: August 17th, 1979
  • 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.
  • September 7th, 1979: Sports channel ESPN is launched.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Leo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 17th, 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.
  • 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.
  • Fawlty Towers - British sitcom about a hotel owner called Basil Fawlty.
  • 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.
  • Happy Days - TV show that is set in the 1950s / 1960s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kid's TV shows on August 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.

  • 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.

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 August 17th, 1985 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Robert De Niro

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1943
He turned 36 on this day in 1979.

David Koresh

Cult leader. Deceased
Born on August 17th, 1959
He turned 20 on this day in 1979.

Sean Penn

Actor.
Born on August 17th, 1960
He turned 19 on this day in 1979.

Thierry Henry

French soccer player.
Born on August 17th, 1977
He turned 2 on this day in 1979.

Paige

Wrestler.
Born on August 17th, 1992
She was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Lil Pump

Rapper.
Born on August 17th, 2000
He was born exactly 21 years after this date.

The Kid Laroi

Australian singer.
Born on August 17th, 2003
He was born exactly 24 years after this date.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

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

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on August 17th, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 7th of November, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 17th, 1979 is close to the 26th of May, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 15,375 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,196 weeks have passed.
  • 1,328,400,000 seconds have passed since the August 17th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,549,800,000 times.
  • Since August 17th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 685,454,400,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 221,400,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 114,242,400 steps. That's about 50,774 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,940,800 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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