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August 27, 1979

August 27, 1979, was a Monday. It was the 239th day of 1979. The decade was the seventies.

44 years, 6 months, and 5 days have passed since August 27, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

Events

Notable events that occurred on August 27, 1979:

  • Warrenpoint ambush: The Provisional IRA ambush and kill 18 British soldiers.
  • Lord Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others are assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
Birthdays

Born on August 27, 1979

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On August 27, 1979, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "My Sharona" by The Knack
  • United Kingdom: "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard

The music charts on August 27, 1979

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • My Sharona - The Knack
  • Good Times - Chic
  • The Main Event/Fight - Barbra Streisand
  • After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Play the top singles 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.
Star Wars

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Star Wars".

Facts

This date occurred 16,258 days ago. Approximately 542 months have passed. It was the 239th day of 1979, in week 35. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on August 27, 1979, are now 44 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 181 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to August 27, 1979

Let's go back to the seventies.

The date is August 27, 1979, and it's a Monday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Virgo. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer of 1979 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. Labor Day weekend is a few days away, which means that many Americans are planning barbecues and other social gatherings. In America, the song "My Sharona" by The Knack is at the top of the singles charts, while "We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard is the number-one song in the UK.

Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie Star Wars is at the top of the box office. Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Barnaby Jones", "The Jeffersons", "Barney Miller", and "The Love Boat".

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, Dorothy Stratten, and Steve McQueen would all still be alive. People are playing video games such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout", "Space Invaders", and "Lunar Lander". Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The New Fantastic Four", and "Godzilla".

Children are playing with toys such as Operation, Magna Doodle, Dungeons & Dragons, and Stretch Armstrong.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on August 27, 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.
  • 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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 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 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 second half of the 1970s.
  • Disco music.

    Disco music

    Disco music became mainstream during the latter half of the 1970s. Nightclub-goers often wore extravagant outfits. Furthermore, dances such as the "Hustle", the "Bump" and the "Penguin" also became popular.
  • Hitchhiking is declining.

    Hitchhiking is declining

    Although hitchhiking is still pretty common, it is beginning to decline due to people's falling trust in strangers, lower air travel prices, an increase in highways, and more affordable cars.
  • Wallpaper.

    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on August 27, 1979.

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around August 27, 1979.

  • August 15, 1979:
    • The film Apocalypse Now (1979) is released.
    • Led Zeppelin release their final studio album "In Through the Out Door".
  • August 16, 1979: Former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker dies from a heart attack at the age of 83.
  • August 17, 1979: Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) is released.
  • August 24, 1979: The sitcom "The Facts of Life" premiers on NBC.
  • This date: August 27, 1979
  • September 7, 1979:
    • Sports channel ESPN is launched.
    • Chrysler Corporation asks the US government for a bailout to avoid bankruptcy.
  • September 16, 1979: Golf: The United States wins the 1979 Ryder Cup at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 27, 1979, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: August 27, 1979 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.
  • Birth flower (August): The Gladiolus and the Poppy.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in August 1979

In August 1979, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from August 1979.

Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
WKRP in Cincinnati
WKRP in Cincinnati
Taxi
Taxi
Dallas
Dallas
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Chips
Chips
Soap
Soap
Eight Is Enough
Eight Is Enough
Three's Company
Three's Company
Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers
Barney Miller
Barney Miller
The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons
The Rockford Files
The Rockford Files
Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Happy Days
Happy Days
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Last of the Summer Wine
Last of the Summer Wine
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
The Waltons
The Waltons
Soul Train
Soul Train

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in August 1979

If you were a kid on August 27, 1979, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

Diff'rent Strokes
Diff'rent Strokes
Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets

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

Toys in 1979

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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
Troll doll
Troll doll
Video games

Video games

Popular video games that people were playing in August 1979.

Lunar Lander 1979
Lunar Lander
Space Invaders 1978
Space Invaders
Breakout 1976
Breakout
Gun Fight 1975
Gun Fight

Were you born on August 27, 1979?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out August 27, 1985, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on August 27.

Ed Gein

Ed Gein

Murderer Deceased
Born on August 27, 1906
He turned 73 on this day in 1979.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson

US President Deceased
Born on August 27, 1908
He was not alive on this date.

Paul Reubens

Paul Reubens

Actor Deceased
Born on August 27, 1952
He turned 27 on this day in 1979.

The Great Khali

The Great Khali

Wrestler
Born on August 27, 1972
He turned 7 on this day in 1979.

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Actress
Born on August 27, 1976
She turned 3 on this day in 1979.

RonReaco Lee

RonReaco Lee

Actor
Born on August 27, 1977
He turned 2 on this day in 1979.

Mario

Mario

Singer
Born on August 27, 1986
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega

Actress
Born on August 27, 1988
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on August 27:

  • Late Summer Bank Holiday (UK)
USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on August 27, 1979.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 27, 1979 was most likely conceived around December 4, 1978.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 27, 1979 is close to May 19, 1980.

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Stats for August 27, 1979

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about August 27, 1979:

  • 16,258 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,322 weeks have passed.
  • 1,404,694,800 seconds have passed since August 27, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,638,810,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 724,822,516,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 234,115,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 120,803,753 steps. That's roughly 53,691 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,856,338 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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