December 19th, 1979

December 19th, 1979, fell on a Wednesday. It was day 353 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

40 years, 11 months and 9 days have passed since December 19th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 19th, 1979:

  • The movie Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) is released in cinemas.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 19th, 1979:

  • United States: Escape - Rupert Holmes
  • United Kingdom: Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd

Take Me Back!

The date is December 19th, 1979 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The Christmas season of 1979 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Escape by Rupert Holmes is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd 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.

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 movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" is being shown in movie theaters. People are watching popular TV shows such as "M*A*S*H", "Last of the Summer Wine", "Barnaby Jones" and "The Love Boat".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Gun Fight", "Breakout", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "The Pink Panther Show", "Sesame Street" and "Diff'rent Strokes". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Lite-Brite", "Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)", "Water Ring Toss" and "Simon (memory game)".


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 December 19th, 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.

  • 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.

  • Iran hostage crisis.

    The Iran hostage crisis was ongoing during this period. Between the 4th of November, 1979 and the 20th of January, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 40 years, 11 months and 9 days have passed since December 19th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 19th, 1979, will be 40 years of age.
  • People born in 1979 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 314409600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 19th, 1979:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 19th, 1979, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Sagittarius is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 19th, 1979 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.

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:

  • Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine
  • 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

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 19th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 19th, 1979?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 19th, 1979?

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

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Charles Haughey was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 19th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 11th of March, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 19th, 1979 is the 27th of September, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

Video Games

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

  • 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.

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 19th, 1979.

  • 14,955 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,292,112,000 seconds have passed since the December 19th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,507,464,000 times.
  • Since December 19th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 666,729,792,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 215,352,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 111,121,632 steps. That's about 49,387 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,505,344 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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