Monday December 17, 1979

US date format: 12/17/1979, UK date format: 17/12/1979

It was Monday, under the sign of Sagittarius (see birth chart on December 17, 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 Mohamed Benhamou and Ryan Key. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. In UK Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was in the top 5 hits. Going in Style, directed by Martin Brest, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while Serpentine by Thomas Thompson was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Lord Schmetterhemd. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Cutie Q or Temple of Apshai.
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Historical Events

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Events

  • Stanley Barrett in Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 km/h (739.666 MPH, record for wheeled vehicle).

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Movies

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Going in Style

Going in Style

Directed by: Martin Brest

Starring: George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan

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

Sport Games on December 17, 1979

Sport Games on December 17, 1979


NFL

American Football
  • Denver Broncos - San Diego Chargers : 7 - 17
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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

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

D'artagnan and Three Musketeers

Starring: Mikhail Boyarskiy, Venyamin Smekhov, Igor Starygin, Valentin Smirnitskiy

Days to next December 17

If December 17, 1979 is your birthday you're 40 years, 9 months, 13 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 17 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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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.

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 …

Connections by James Burke

Connections

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How did the popularity of underwear in the twelfth century lead to the invention of the printing press? How did the waterwheel evolve into the computer?

White House Years by Henry Kissinger

White House Years

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Kissinger’s invaluable and lasting contribution to the history of this crucial time. One of the most important books to come out of the Nixon Administration, White House Years covers Henry Kissinger’s

Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut

Jailbird

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Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government—and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Sundance

Sundance

Platform: Arcade game

Genre: Puzzle

Publisher: Cinematronics

Cutie Q

Cutie Q

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Pinball, Breakout clone

Publisher: Namco

Basic Programming

Basic Programming

Platform: Atari 2600

Publisher: Atari

Temple of Apshai

Temple of Apshai

Platform: TRS-80, Commodore PET, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC, VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Macintosh, Amstrad CPC

Genre: Dungeon crawl RPG

Publisher: Automated Simulations

Warrior

Warrior

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Fighting

Publisher: Vectorbeam

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 the day of the week was Monday.

What zodiac sign is December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 the zodiac sign was Sagittarius.

Who was the US President on December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 17, 1979?

On December 17, 1979 several famous people were born including, Mohamed Benhamou, Ryan Key, Jaimee Foxworth.

What was the number one song in December 17, 1979?

The number one song in the week of December 17, 1979 was Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes in US and Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd in UK.

What were the top hits on December 17, 1979?

The top hits on December 17, 1979 were Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes, Please Don't Go by K.C and the Sunshine Band, Babe by Styx 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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