Tomorrow’s solar eclipse is the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) for 38 years, the last one being back on February 26, 1979. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918. Ever wonder what the world was up to 38 years ago? Read below to find out!

  1. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII on January 21.
  2. The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center on March 25, to be prepared for its first launch.
  3. The Albert Einstein Memorial was unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC on April 22.
  4. The Montréal Canadiens defeat the New York Rangers 4 games to 1 in the best-of-seven series on May 21, winning the Stanley Cup.
  5. McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal.​
  6. On June 1, The Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets.
  7. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was introduced in the U.S.
  8. The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn when it passed the planet at a distance of 21,000 km.
  9. NASA's first orbiting space station Skylab begins its return to Earth, after being in orbit for six years and two months.
  10. Michael Jackson released his first breakthrough album Off the Wall. It sold 7 million copies in the United States alone, making it a 7x platinum album.
  11. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series.
  12. The average cost of a new home was 58,000
  13. The average price of a gallon of gas was 86 cents
  14. The average income per year was $17,500
  15. For the first time in history, a woman was elected Prime Minister of the UK
  16. The Sahara Desert experienced snow for 30 minutes on February 18
  17. The U.S. Voyager 1 space probe photos reveal Jupiter's rings.
  18. The NHL votes to approve its merger with the WHA, effective in the fall.
  19. President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, USA.
  20. The Muppet Movie was released.
  21. Bryan Allen flies the man-powered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel.
  22. The Sony Walkman was released.
  23. The Disco music genre dominates and peaks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with the first six spots (beginning with Donna Summer's Bad Girls), and seven of the chart's top ten songs ending that week.
  24. The first cable sports channel, ESPN, known as the Entertainment Sports Programming Network, is launched.
  25. The radio news program, Morning Edition, premieres on National Public Radio in the United States.
  26. The Wall, a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd, is first released.
  27. The world premiere of Star Trek: The Motion Picture was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  28. The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first of only two human diseases that have been driven to extinction.
  29. The highest aerial tramway in Europe, the Klein Matterhorn, opens.
  30. The world was in a major energy crisis.
  31. Coca-cola released their slogan “Have a Coke and Smile.”
  32. Miss America was Kylene Barker from Roanoke, VA
  33. Richard Pryor was the first comedian to perform at the original Laugh Factory in 1979. When the owner attempted to pay him, he declined, handed him a $100 bill saying, "You need this for your rent, boy."
  34. In 1979 you could call a 1-800 number and listen to messages from Star Wars' characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and Darth Vader.
  35. Black and Decker released the now-famous cordless mini-vacuum, The Dustbuster.
  36. The US had specific days to purchase gasoline based on if your license plate ended in an odd or even number, due to a shortage.
  37. Victoria's Secret stores opened in 1979. It went national in 1982 after being acquired by Limited Brands
  38. The cost of a Superbowl ad was $185,000.