December 24th, 1979

December 24th, 1979, fell on a Monday. It was day 358 of 1979. The decade was the 1970s.

40 years, 7 months and 12 days have passed since December 24th, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 24th, 1979:

  • The Soviet war in Afghanistan begins.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 24th, 1979:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is December 24th, 1979 and it's a Monday. Christmas Day of 1979 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. 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. 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 "The Muppet Show", "Quincy, M.E.", "Chips" and "Mork & Mindy". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Breakout", "Space Invaders", "Lunar Lander" and "Asteroids".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids", "The Muppet Show" and "Mork & Mindy". Popular toys include the likes of "VertiBird (toy helicopter)", "Big Jim (action figure)", "Magna Doodle" and "Speak & Spell".


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 24th, 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, 7 months and 12 days have passed since December 24th, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 24th, 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 314841600.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 24th, 1979:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 24th, 1979, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 24th, 1979 falls under the Goose.
  • 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
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • 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 24th of December:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 24th of December:

  • Christmas Eve

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States on December 24th, 1979.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 24th, 1979 was probably conceived around the 16th of March, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 24th, 1979 is the 2nd of October, 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 24th, 1979.

  • 14,836 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,281,826,800 seconds have passed since the December 24th, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,495,464,600 times.
  • Since December 24th, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 661,422,628,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 213,637,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 110,237,105 steps. That's about 48,994 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,381,922 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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