Tuesday January 16, 1979

US date format: 1/16/1979, UK date format: 16/1/1979

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on January 16, 1979). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat). Famous people born on this day include Aaliyah and Muntadhar al-Zaidi. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Le Freak by Chic. In UK YMCA by The Village People was in the top 5 hits. Love on the Run, directed by François Truffaut, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while The Stories Of John Cheever by John Cheever was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Turnabout. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Galaxian or Super Invader.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?

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Love on the Run

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Marie-France Pisier, Dani

Search and Destroy

Directed by: William Fruet

Starring: Perry King, Don Stroud, Tisa Farrow, George Kennedy

Screams of a Winter Night

Directed by: James L. Wilson

Starring: Matt Borel, Gil Glasgow, Patrick Byers, Mary Agen Cox

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Country: United States of America


Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Country: United States of America


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 16, 1979?


  • National Religious Freedom Day in the United States, to commemorate the adoption of Thomas Jefferson's landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786
  • Teacher's Day in Thailand


  • Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?


Directed by: E.B. Hughes

Danger UXB

Written by: John Hawkesworth, John Whitney

Starring: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes, Gordon Kane

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Rentner haben niemals Zeit

A Woman Called Moses

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

Running Blind

Directed by: Ryan Suffern

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Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?

The Stories Of John Cheever

By: John Cheever

NATIONAL BESTSELLERWinner of the Pulitzer PrizeWhen The Stories of John Cheever was originally published, it became an immediate national bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize. In

The Silmarillion

By: J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

“Majestic! . . . Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury .

Second Generation

By: Howard Fast

She'll Risk Her Freedom to Find Freedom"A novel of satisfying depth and breadth, written in good, clean, forceful prose." -Chicago TribuneDesperate for independence and scornful of the hypocrisy of the upper

Fools Die

By: Mario Puzo

From the blockbuster author of The Godfather, here is the international and New York Times bestseller about the feverish world of a big-time gambler.

The Stand

By: Stephen King

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published. A


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Deep Scan

Platform: Arcade, Atari 2600, Sega Saturn (as a minigame in Die Hard Arcade)

Publisher: Sega

Samurai (Europe) Dynasty! (US)

Platform: Philips Videopac (Europe) Magnavox Odyssey² (US)

Genre: Strategy game

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox

Super Invader

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space Invaders clone fixed shooter

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Company

Platform: Arcade, Various

Genre: Fixed shooter

Publisher: JP Namco; NA Midway

Star Fire

Platform: Arcade, Atari 800, Commodore 64

Genre: 3d shooter

Publisher: Exidy

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