What Life Was Like During The Last Total Solar Eclipse

Later this month, August 21st to be specific, a total solar eclipse will sweep across a pretty large portion of the United States. A total solar eclipse is where the moon completely blocks the sun and they only happen about once every 18 months but aren’t able to be seen everywhere.

It’s a pretty big deal because the last time the US saw one of these was 38 years ago (2-26-79)!

Let’s take a look back at what our nation was like in ’79.

  • Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” was #1 on the charts
  • The most popular TV show was 60 Minutes
  • Jimmy Carter was President
  • Bruce Jenner was on the cover of GQ
  • Gas was less than 75 cents per gallon
  • OJ was still playing in the NFL
  • You could still smoke on an airplane

Check out the entire list and feel like you’re in a time machine with BuzzFeed’s Eclipse List.

 

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