Monday December 31, 1979, NewYear’s Eve

US date format: 12/31/1979, UK date format: 31/12/1979

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 31, 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 G Michael Gray and Elaine Cassidy. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Too Much Heaven by Bee Gees. In UK YMCA by The Village People was in the top 5 hits. Just Tell Me What You Want, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979 while A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Der Millionenbauer. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Lunar Rescue or Speed Freak.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.

Events

  • Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts.

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Movies

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Just Tell Me What You Want

Just Tell Me What You Want

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Ali MacGraw, Alan King, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn

The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

Starring: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Country: United States of America

When a Stranger Calls

When a Stranger Calls

Directed by: Fred Walton

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Country: United States of America

Dracula Blows His Cool

Dracula Blows His Cool

Directed by: Carl Schenkel

Starring: Gianni Garko, Betty Vergès, Bea Fiedler, Giacomo Rizzo

Courage fuyons

Courage fuyons

Directed by: Yves Robert

Starring: Jean Rochefort, Catherine Deneuve, Philippe Leroy, Michel Beaune

TV Series

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Der Millionenbauer

Der Millionenbauer

Anna

Anna

Directed by: Jorge Dorado

Emilia

Emilia

Directed by: Diogo M Borges

Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Chespirito

Chespirito

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Starring: Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Florinda Meza, Rubén Aguirre, Edgar Vivar

Country: Mexico

Days to next December 31

If December 31, 1979 is your birthday you're 40 years, 8 months, 27 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 4 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

A Distant Mirror

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Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval

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 …

In Search Of History by Theodore H. White

In Search Of History

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The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald

The Empty Copper Sea

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From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Empty Copper Sea is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.Asking

Chesapeake by James A. Michener

Chesapeake

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In this classic novel, James A. Michener brings his grand epic tradition to bear on the four-hundred-year saga of America’s Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the modern age.

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)

Lunar Rescue

Lunar Rescue

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space flight Shooter game

Publisher: Taito

Football

Football

Platform: Intellivision, Atari 2600

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Mattel

Speed Freak

Speed Freak

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Racing

Publisher: Vectorbeam

Deep Scan

Deep Scan

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

Publisher: Sega

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 the day of the week was Monday.

What zodiac sign is December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 the zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Who was the US President on December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 the US President was Jimmy Carter (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 31, 1979?

On December 31, 1979 several famous people were born including, G Michael Gray, Elaine Cassidy, Isolde Lasoen.

What was the number one song in December 31, 1979?

The number one song in the week of December 31, 1979 was Too Much Heaven by Bee Gees in US and Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd in UK.

What were the top hits on December 31, 1979?

The top hits on December 31, 1979 were Too Much Heaven by Bee Gees, Le Freak by Chic, My Life by Billy Joel in US and Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, YMCA by The Village People, Walking On The Moon by The Police in UK.


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