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October 16th, 1979.

October 16th, 1979, was a Tuesday. It was day 289 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 6 months and 25 days have passed since October 16th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1979.

  • United States: Rise - Herb Alpert
  • United Kingdom: Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles

Take me back to October 16th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 16th, 1979 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Rise by Herb Alpert is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Video Killed The Radio Star by Buggles 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 "M*A*S*H", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Barnaby Jones" and "The Muppet Show". 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", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Battle of the Planets".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Big Jim (action figure), Dungeons & Dragons, Stretch Armstrong and Star Wars action figures.

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 October 16th, 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, 6 months and 25 days have passed since October 16th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 16th, 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 308876400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 16th, 1979.

  • October 5th, 1979: The romantic comedy film 10 (1979) is released in movie theaters.
  • October 12th, 1979: Magic Johnson makes his NBA debut for the LA Lakers.
  • This date: October 16th, 1979
  • October 26th, 1979: South Korean president Park Chung-hee is assassinated.
  • November 4th, 1979: 52 American diplomats and citizens are held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Iran.
  • November 5th, 1979: 15-year-old Martin Allen is last seen at King's Cross station in London, England.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 16th, 1979, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • 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: October 16th, 1979 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 16th, 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.

  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • 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

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 16th of October.

US President.

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on October 16th, 1979.

UK Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1979.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 16th, 1979 was most likely conceived around the 6th of January, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 16th, 1979 is close to the 25th of July, 1980.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 16th, 1979.

  • A total of 15,182 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,168 weeks have passed.
  • 1,311,724,800 seconds have passed since the October 16th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,530,345,600 times.
  • Since October 16th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 676,849,996,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 218,620,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 112,808,333 steps. That's about 50,137 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,740,698 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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