24th of December, 1979

The 24th of December, 1979, fell on a Monday. Day 358 of 1979. Decade: 1970s.

40 years, 2 months and 0 days have passed since the 24th of December, 1979.


On This Date

Events that occurred on the 24th of December, 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 the 24th of December, 1979:

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

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 the 24th of December, 1979.

  • 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.

  • Ruhollah Khomeini.

    The leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ruhollah Khomeini, was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1979.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer

    "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the Academy Award for Best Picture 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 2 months and 0 days have passed since the 24th of December, 1979.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 of 1979.
  • Leap Year: 1979 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on the 24th of December, 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 the 24th of December, 1979:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on the 24th of December, 1979, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1979 was the year of the Goat (Yin Metal).
  • Native American Zodiac: The 24th of December, 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.

  • Archie Bunker's Place - Sitcom starring Carroll O'Connor.
  • Trapper John, M.D. - Medical drama.
  • 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.
  • Eight Is Enough - Television series about the "Bradford brood" and their father.

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
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Water Ring Toss
  • Kenner Star Wars action figures
  • Atari 2600
  • Mattel Electronic Football (handheld game)
  • Lego Technic
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Micronauts
  • Connect Four
  • Magna Doodle
  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Easy-Bake Oven

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 the 24th of December, 1979.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on the 24th of December, 1979 was probably conceived around the 16th of March, 1979. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on the 24th of December, 1979 is the 2nd of October, 1980. (Rough Estimate).

Computer 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.

24th of December

Events that have occurred on the 24th of December:


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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about the 24th of December, 1979.

  • 14,672 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,267,660,800 seconds have passed since the 24th of December, 1979.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,478,937,600 times.
  • Since the 24th of December, 1979, earth has travelled approximately 654,112,972,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 211,276,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 109,018,829 steps. That's about 48,453 miles!
  • Since this date, 15,211,930 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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