Wednesday December 12, 1979

US date format: 12/12/1979, UK date format: 12/12/1979

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 12, 1979). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Saphia Azzeddine and Garrett Atkins. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Babe by Styx. In UK Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was in the top 5 hits. Being There, directed by Hal Ashby, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Lord Schmetterhemd. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Cosmic Guerilla or ABPA Backgammon.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • Bah�'f Faith - Feast of Mas�'il (Questions) - First day of the 15th month of the Bah�'f Calendar
  • R.C. Saints - optional memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Also see December 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Kenya - Jamhuri Day: Independence Day (from Britain, 1963)

Events

  • Gold hits record US$462.50 an ounce.
  • Rhodesia becomes the independent nation of Zimbabwe.
  • President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
  • Coup d'etat of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
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Movies

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Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

All That Jazz

All That Jazz

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

Country: United States of America

The Electric Horseman

The Electric Horseman

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine, Willie Nelson

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Directed by: Michael Schultz

Starring: Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers, Ruth Gordon

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Emilia

Emilia

Directed by: Diogo M Borges

Anna

Anna

Directed by: Jorge Dorado

Der Millionenbauer

Der Millionenbauer

House Calls

House Calls

Days to next December 12

If December 12, 1979 is your birthday you're 40 years, 9 months, 16 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 14 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book

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"Her audience is everyone who has ever married, had children, gotten to middle age, owned a dog or a duck."DALLAS TIMES HERALDIn this book Erma comes out--out of the kitchen--with these

Serpentine by Thomas Thompson

Serpentine

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With compelling style and suspense this true-crime book reconstructs the bizarre, bloody journey of a mesmerizing but sinister young man named Charles Sobhraj.

The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express

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Starting with a rush-hour subway ride to South Station in Boston to catch the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago, Theroux winds up on the poky, wandering Old Patagonian Express steam engine,

Sophie's Choice by William Styron

Sophie's Choice

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Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan …

The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

The Matarese Circle

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An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov,

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Sheriff

Sheriff

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Nintendo (Japan, Europe) Exidy (North America)

Cosmic Guerilla

Cosmic Guerilla

Platform: Arcade (original) ZX Spectrum

Genre: Fixed shooter

The Datestones of Ryn

The Datestones of Ryn

Platform: Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore PET/CBM, TRS-80

Genre: Dungeon crawl

Publisher: Epyx

ABPA Backgammon

ABPA Backgammon

Platform: Intellivision

Genre: Board game

Publisher: Mattel Electronics Sears

Monkey Magic

Monkey Magic

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Breakout clone

Publisher: Nintendo

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 the day of the week was Wednesday.

What zodiac sign is December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 12, 1979?

On December 12, 1979 several famous people were born including, Saphia Azzeddine, Garrett Atkins, Nate Clements.

What was the number one song in December 12, 1979?

The number one song in the week of December 12, 1979 was Babe by Styx in US and Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd in UK.

What were the top hits on December 12, 1979?

The top hits on December 12, 1979 were Babe by Styx, Still by Commodores, Please Don't Go by K.C and the Sunshine Band in US and Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, Walking On The Moon by The Police, I Have A Dream by Abba in UK.


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