How many years ago was 1979?

1979 was 45 years ago.

45 years have passed between June 25th, 1979, and June 25th, 2024. It was 16,437 days ago.

How long ago was 1979?

To put into perspective how long ago 1979 was:

  • A person who turned 21 in 1979 is now 66 years of age.
  • The teenagers that existed in 1979 are now 58–64 years old.
  • Four decades have passed since then.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • America's involvement in the Vietnam War had only ended six years previously.
  • Most offices were still using typewriters. It wasn't until the nineties that PCs began to take over.
  • Ronald Reagan hadn't been elected yet.
  • In 1979, nobody knew that AIDS existed.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 67 inches since 1979.
  • There have been roughly 2,340 weekends since then.
  • CNN did not exist.
  • Names such as Metallica, Richard Gere, U2, Phil Collins, Princess Diana, Jackie Chan, Michael Keaton, and Diego Maradona were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees, "Le Freak" by Chic, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, "Tragedy" by The Bee Gees, and "What A Fool Believes" by Doobie Brothers.
  • Films such as "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", "10", "...And Justice for All", "When a Stranger Calls", "Starting Over", and "Monty Python's Life of Brian" were playing at movie theaters in 1979.
  • Margaret Thatcher was still the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • The Earth has travelled 203 billion miles through space since 1979.
  • Costco didn't exist.
  • There was no such thing as "Chicken McNuggets."
  • Although microwave ovens existed, they were still too expensive for most homes.
  • The term "serial killer" hadn't been coined yet.
  • John Lennon was still alive.
  • Video games such as "Asteroids" and "Lunar Lander" were released that year.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 113 centimeters since 1979.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 90–135 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 180 seasons of weather.
  • Camcorders weren't a thing yet. Video cameras were heavy and often had to be mounted on special supports.
  • "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Knots Landing", "Hart to Hart", "Trapper John, M.D.", "Archie Bunker's Place", and "The Facts of Life" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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