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November 17th, 1979.

November 17th, 1979, was a Saturday. It was day 321 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

41 years, 8 months and 5 days have passed since November 17th, 1979.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

On this day.

What happened on November 17th, 1979?

  • Wrestler Hulk Hogan makes his WWF debut.

Music charts.

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

  • United States: Still - Commodores
  • United Kingdom: When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
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.
...And Justice for All

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "...And Justice for All" was at the top of the box office on November 17th, 1979.

Take me back to November 17th, 1979!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is November 17th, 1979 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

In America, Thanksgiven Day of 1979 is just around the corner. It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder. In America, the song Still by Commodores is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman by Dr. Hook is the number one hit song. Jimmy Carter is currently the President of the United States and the movie ...And Justice for All 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo.", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Charlie's Angels" and "The Love Boat".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Sesame Street", "Battle of the Planets" and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, Magna Doodle, Dungeons & Dragons 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 November 17th, 1979.

  • The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. 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 U.S. 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.

  • 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 41 years, 8 months and 5 days have passed since November 17th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 46 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on November 17th, 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 311644800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around November 17th, 1979.

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 November 17th, 1979, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Libra.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 17th, 1979 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on November 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.

  • 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.

  • Asteroids - Space-themed shooter arcade game.
  • 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 November 17th, 1985 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

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

Martin Scorsese

Film director.
Born on November 17th, 1942
He turned 37 on this day in 1979.

Danny DeVito

Actor.
Born on November 17th, 1944
He turned 35 on this day in 1979.

John Boehner

American politician.
Born on November 17th, 1949
He turned 30 on this day in 1979.

Jonathan Ross

Television presenter.
Born on November 17th, 1960
He turned 19 on this day in 1979.

Rachel McAdams

Actress.
Born on November 17th, 1978
She turned 1 on this day in 1979.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

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

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 15,224 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,174 weeks have passed.
  • 1,315,350,000 seconds have passed since the November 17th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,534,575,000 times.
  • Since November 17th, 1979, the earth has travelled approximately 678,720,600,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 219,225,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 113,120,100 steps. That's about 50,276 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,784,200 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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