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November 16, 1979

November 16, 1979, was a Friday. It was the 320th day of 1979. The decade was the seventies.

44 years, 3 months, and 19 days have passed since November 16, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on November 16, 1979:

  • Paul McCartney releases his festive song "Wonderful Christmastime".
Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 16, 1979:

  • United States: "Still" by Commodores
  • United Kingdom: "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 16, 1979

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Heartache Tonight - Eagles
  • Dim All The Lights - Donna Summer
  • Still - Commodores
  • Rise - Herb Alpert
  • Pop Muzik - M
Play the top songs from 1979
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...And Justice for All

Top movie

The movie "...And Justice for All" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date was 16,181 days ago. Approximately 539 months have passed. It was the 320th day of 1979, in week 46. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 44 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. We have gone through approximately 180 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to November 16, 1979

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

It is Friday, November 16, 1979. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Scorpio. People have "that Friday feeling" and are excited for the weekend.

It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. In America, the song "Still" by Commodores is at the top of the singles charts, while "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" by Dr. Hook is the number-one song in the UK. Jimmy Carter is the President of the United States, and the movie ...And Justice for All is at the top of the box office.

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.

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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Waltons", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Hart to Hart", and "Trapper John, M.D.". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout", "Space Invaders", and "Asteroids".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The New Fantastic Four", "Godzilla", "Battle of the Planets", and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys at the moment include Troll doll, Operation, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Speak & Spell.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on November 16, 1979.

  • The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing. Between November 4th, 1979, and January 20th, 1981, 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage in Iran. The hostages were taken into captivity after a group of Iranian college students stormed the US embassy in Tehran.
  • 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 November 16, 1979.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to November 16, 1979.

  • October 25, 1979: The final episode of the British sitcom "Fawtly Towers" is aired on BBC2.
  • October 26, 1979: South Korean president Park Chung-hee is assassinated.
  • November 3, 1979: Five people from the Communist Workers Party are shot dead by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party at an anti-KKK march in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • November 4, 1979: 52 American diplomats and citizens are held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Iran.
  • November 5, 1979: 15-year-old Martin Allen is last seen at King's Cross station in London, England.
  • November 15, 1979: American Airlines Flight 444 is forced to land after a bomb made by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski explodes in the cargo hold.
  • This date: November 16, 1979
  • November 17, 1979: Wrestler Hulk Hogan makes his WWF debut.
  • November 21, 1979: Four people are killed after a mob sets fire to the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • November 28, 1979: 257 passengers lose their lives after Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashes into Mount Erebus in Antarctica.
  • November 30, 1979: The Pink Floyd album "The Wall" is released.
  • December 3, 1979:
    • 11 fans are killed in a crush before a Who concert in Cincinnati.
    • Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the Supreme Leader of Iran.
  • December 5, 1979: Jack Lynch resigns as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland.
  • December 7, 1979:
    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) is released in cinemas.
    • English rock band Led Zeppelin release their final single "Fool in the Rain".
    • The Clash releases their song "London Calling".
  • December 9, 1979: Smallpox is officially eradicated.
  • December 11, 1979: Charles Haughey becomes the new Taoiseach of Ireland.
  • December 14, 1979:
    • The Jerk (1979), starring Steve Martin, is released in cinemas.
    • The Clash release their album "London Calling".
  • December 16, 1979: O.J. Simpson plays his final NFL game.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 16, 1979, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 16, 1979 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV series on November 16, 1979

TV audiences were watching the following shows on November 16, 1979:

TV shows from November 1979.

Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
Trapper John, M.D.
Trapper John, M.D.
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
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

Kids TV shows on November 16, 1979

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1979:

The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon
Casper and the Angels
Casper and the Angels
Rickety Rocket
Rickety Rocket

Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
The All New Popeye Hour
The All New Popeye Hour
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

Popular toys and games in 1979

Toys and games that were popular in 1979:

The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
The Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
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 November 1979.

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

Were you born on November 16, 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 November 16, 1985, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on November 16.

Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto

Video game producer
Born on November 16, 1952
He turned 27 on this day in 1979.

Frank Bruno

Frank Bruno

Boxer
Born on November 16, 1961
He turned 18 on this day in 1979.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

Soccer player
Born on November 16, 1974
He turned 5 on this day in 1979.

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

Mass murderer Deceased
Born on November 16, 1986
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison

Media personality
Born on November 16, 1987
She was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

Actor / comedian
Born on November 16, 1993
He was born exactly 14 years after this date.

USA

US President

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on November 16, 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 November 16, 1979 was most likely conceived around February 23, 1979.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 16, 1979 is close to August 8, 1980.

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Stats for November 16, 1979

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about November 16, 1979:

  • 16,181 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,311 weeks have passed.
  • 1,398,038,400 seconds have passed since November 16, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,631,044,800 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 721,387,814,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 233,006,400 times.
  • You have taken approximately 120,231,302 steps. That's roughly 53,436 miles!
  • Since this date, 16,776,461 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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