August 31st, 1979

August 31st, 1979, fell on a Friday. It was day 243 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 7 months and 21 days have passed since August 31st, 1979.



Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1979:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is August 31st, 1979 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and are looking forward to the weekend.

The summer of 1979 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner. In America, the song My Sharona by The Knack is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, We Don't Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Little House on the Prairie", "The Rockford Files", "Dallas" 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 "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "Mork & Mindy" and "Diff'rent Strokes".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Star Wars action figures", "Hungry Hungry Hippos", "Water Ring Toss" and "Shogun Warriors".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on August 31st, 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, 7 months and 21 days have passed since August 31st, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 31st, 1979, will be 41 years of age.
  • People born in 1979 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 304902000.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around August 31st, 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.
  • This date: August 31st, 1979
  • September 7th, 1979: Sports channel ESPN is launched.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1979, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 31st, 1979 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would have been watching around this time.

  • Hart to Hart - TV show about a couple who moonlight as detectives.
  • 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.

1979 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1979 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1979:

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

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • 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 noteable people who were born on the 31st of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 31st, 1979?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1979?

  • Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1979 was probably conceived around the 21st of November, 1978. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1979 is the 9th of June, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 31st, 1979.

  • 15,209 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,314,057,600 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,533,067,200 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 678,053,721,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 219,009,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,008,954 steps. That's about 50,226 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,768,691 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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