Tuesday April 17, 1979

US date format: 4/17/1979, UK date format: 17/4/1979

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Aries (see birth chart on April 17, 1979). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat). Famous people born on this day include Lucila Solá and Tate Ellington. In that special week of April people in US were listening to Knock On Wood by Amii Stewart. In UK Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkel was in the top 5 hits. A Little Romance, directed by George Roy Hill, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Linda Goodman'S Love Signs by Linda Goodman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Love Thy Neighbour in Australia. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Lunar Rescue or Alien Attack.
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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A Little Romance

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill

Saint Jack

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, James Villiers, Joss Ackland

An Almost Perfect Affair

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Starring: Keith Carradine, Monica Vitti, Raf Vallone, Christian De Sica


Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Country: United States of America

The Evictors

Directed by: Charles B. Pierce

Starring: Vic Morrow, Michael Parks, Jessica Harper, Sue Ane Langdon


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 17, 1979?


  • Pope Anicetus (died 166)
  • Saint Gerwin of Oudenburg (d. 1117)
  • Saint Landricus
  • Blessed Radboud of Louvain (d.1142)
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  • Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa quotalmost certainlyquot took part in the massacre.

TV Series

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

Love Thy Neighbour in Australia

Directed by: William G. Stewart

Bedtime Stories

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Worzel Gummidge

You Can't Do That on Television

Starring: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy

Country: Canada


Directed by: E.B. Hughes

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

Linda Goodman'S Love Signs

By: Linda Goodman

Linda Goodman's Love Signs: A New Approach to the Human Heart [Paperback]

Good As Gold

By: Joseph Heller

Bruce Gold, a middle-aged, Jewish professor of English literature, finds himself on the brink of a golden career in politics -- and not a moment too soon, as Gold yearns for

Dubin'S Lives

By: Bernard Malamud

With a new introduction by Thomas MallonDubin's Lives (1979) is a compassionate and wry commedia, a book praised by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times as Malamud's "best novel since

The Complete Book Of Running

By: James F. Fixx

Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension.


By: Morris West

John Spada publicly runs an enormous multi-national corporation, privately he heads Proteus, a clandestine resistance movement. His aim is to free prisoners of conscience wherever they may be.


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Super Invader

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Space Invaders clone fixed shooter

Publisher: California Pacific Computer Company

Cosmic Guerilla

Platform: Arcade (original) ZX Spectrum

Genre: Fixed shooter

Bomb Bee

Platform: Arcade, PlayStation

Genre: Pinball, Breakout clone

Publisher: Namco

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

Platform: Handheld video game

Genre: Multi-directional shooter

Publisher: Coleco

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