Being a part of Gen X means having a unique and special place in the world. You have grown up in a time of great change and transformation compared to other generations. The world you were born in is vastly different from the world we live in today. Your Gen X history is what makes you who you are today, and it’s worth embracing.

The year you were born was likely filled with some significant events and milestones. Maybe it was the year of a presidential election, a major cultural movement, or a popular music album release. One way to do that is by looking back at what happened the year you were born. Let’s dive in!



Here are some of the events that happened around the world in 1965 and some famous people who were born the same year as you!

  • Malcolm X was assassinated
  • The Maple Leaf became Canada’s flag symbol
  • The Sound of Music premieres
  • Cigarette advertising banned on television in Britain
  • Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space
  • The civil war in Dominican Republican begins
  • The Indo-Pakistani War comes to an end
  • Palm Sunday Tornado outbreak (47 confirmed – hit 6 Midwest states)

Famous People’s Birthdays 1965

  • Rodney King April 2
  • J.K. Rowling July 31
  • Robert Downey, Jr. April 4
  • Shania Twain August 28
  • Charlie Sheen September 3
  • Brooke Shields May 31



Here are the things that happened in 1966 and some famous birthdays too!

  • 1st soft landing on the moon
  • Vietnam War: US planes bomb the North Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, and the port city of Haiphong for the first time
  • Batman debuts on ABC
  • Star Trek debuts on NBC
  • Ronald Reagan entered politics and was elected Governor of California
  • The name Mini-Skirt is attributed to Mary Quant
  • Aberfan disaster in South Wales
  • Canada introduces the Canada Pension Plan

Famous People’s Birthdays 1966

  • Janet Jackson May 16
  • Mike Tyson June 30
  • Sinead O’Connor December 8
  • Salma Hayek September 2
  • Patrick Dempsey January 13
  • Rick Astley February 6



Here’s a list of things that happened in 1967 and some famous people who share your birth year with you.

  • Rolling Stone magazine is released
  • 1st human heart transplant performed in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard 
  • Interracial Marriage is declared constitutional by The Supreme Court 
  • The Newlywed Game premieres on ABC
  • China tests its first hydrogen bomb.
  • Nigerian Civil War erupts as Nigerian forces invade the state of Biafra
  • The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released in London
  • Soccer riot in Sivas, Turkey, kills 41

Famous People’s Birthdays 1967

  • Jason Statham July 26
  • Kurt Cobain February 20
  • Nicole Kidman June 20
  • Faith Hill September 21
  • Julia Roberts October 28
  • Pamela Anderson July 1



If this is your year, here are some things that happened. Who shares a birth year with you?

  • Martin Luther King’s assassination
  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination
  • US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act
  • France students and teachers strike – more than 800K marched through the streets in protest
  • BeeGees make their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show
  • London Bridge sold for 1 million. and later re-erected in Arizona 
  • Emergency number 911 is started in the US

Famous People’s Birthdays 1968

  • Lisa Marie Presley February 1
  • Kylie Minogue May 28
  • Will Smith September 25
  • Lucy Lawless March 29
  • Celine Dion March 30



Here are some of the highlights of 1969. Do you remember any of these? 

  • The first man landed on the moon (Apollo 11 Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin)
  • Sesame Street premieres on PBS
  • The Montreal Expos baseball team makes its debut
  • Members of a cult led by Charles Manson murdered five people 

  • Woodstock music festival attracts more than 300,000 people
  • New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement 
  • The Death Penalty is Abolished in the UK

Famous People’s Birthdays 1969

  • Mariah Carey March 27
  • Jay-Z December 4
  • Steffi Graf June 14
  • Paul Rudd April 6
  • Matthew McConaughey November 4



If this is your year, here are some of the interesting things that happened. 

  • Boeing 747 makes its first commercial passenger trip to London.
  • Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 500,000
  • 7.75 Ancash earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 66-70,000 and sets off the world’s deadliest avalanche
  • Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles have disbanded
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show” premieres on CBS
  • Apollo 13 mission to the moon accident (successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean with all of the crew surviving)
  • The world population reaches 3.63 billion

Famous People’s Birthdays 1970

  • Matt Damon October 8
  • River Phoenix August 23
  • Queen Latifah March 18
  • Ethan Hawke November 6
  • Tina Fey May 18



Here are a few awesome things that happened in 1971, the year you were born. 

  • The Walt Disney World Theme Park is opened in Florida
  • The Soviet Union launched the first space station into orbit
  • Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence from Pakistan
  • Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast
  • Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali’s 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square
  • IRA Bomb Post Office Tower in London

  • Cigarette Advertising Ended on Television in the USA

Famous People’s Birthdays 1971

  • Mark Wahlberg June 5
  • Winona Ryder October 29
  • Elon Musk June 28
  • Sean Astin February 25
  • Christina Applegate November 25



1972 was labeled as the black year due to an increase in terrorism in sports. Here is a snapshot of what happened this year.

  • 11 Israel Athletes were murdered by an Arab Gunman at the Munich Olympics
  • HBO launched in the US as the first subscription cable service
  • The Volkswagen Beetle became the most popular car ever sold, with in excess of 15 million sold.
  • US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • Hurricane Agnes became America’s costliest natural disaster, causing $3 billion in damage
  • The Godfather premieres in NYC 
  • UK unemployment rises to one million for the first time since the depression years of the 1930s

Famous People’s Birthdays 1972

  • Dwayne Johnson May 2
  • Cameron Diaz August 30
  • Ben Affleck August 15
  • Eminem October 17
  • Alyssa Milano December 19



For those born in 1973, here are some cool things that happened that year. 

  • The United States ended its involvement in the Vietnam War
  • 1st mobile phone call is made in downtown Manhattan, NYC
  • World Trade Center, then the world’s tallest building, opens in New York 
  • In the UK, the Three-Day Week officially comes into force
  • The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, has been completed
  • “Barnaby Jones” premieres on CBS TV
  • Pink Floyd’s 8th studio album “Dark Side of the Moon” is released

Famous People’s Birthdays 1973

  • Kate Beckinsale July 26
  • Neil Patrick Harris June 15
  • Heidi Klum June 1
  • George Floyd October 14
  • Paul Walker September 12



Here are some pretty exciting things that happened in 1974. I especially love the first one!

  • Stephen King, a 26-year-old author, published his debut novel “Carrie,”
  • Lucy, an almost complete hominid skeleton over 3 million years old, was discovered in Africa
  • India becomes the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb
  • Richard Nixon becomes the first US president forced to resign after the Watergate Scandal
  • “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC
  • The Global Recession Deepens
  • Famine caused by drought threatens millions in Africa

Famous People’s Birthdays 1974

  • Christian Bale January 30
  • Alanis Morissette June 1
  • Leonardo DiCaprio November 11
  • Sarah Paulson December 17
  • Jimmy Fallon September 19



Here are some of the awesome things that happened in 1975. Do you remember any of these?

  • One of the very first blockbuster films, Jaws, was released in June.
  • Ethiopia abolishes its monarchy after 3,000 years
  • Wheel Of Fortune debuts on NBC
  • Patty Hearst becomes Most Wanted and is arrested for armed robbery.
  • The Unemployment Rate in the US reached 9.2%, and President Ford recognized recession
  • Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister, is found guilty of electoral corruption
  • Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Famous People’s Birthdays 1975

  • Tiger Woods December 30
  • Angelina Jolie June 4
  • Drew Barrymore February 22
  • Tobey Maguire June 27
  • Charlize Theron August 7



Here are some very awesome things that happened in 1976. Which ones resonate with you?

  • Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
  • Jimmy Carter wins Presidential Election
  • Earthquake 8.2 in China killed over 240,000  in the largest loss of life from an earthquake in the 20th century
  • 1st “Family Feud” game show debuts on ABC
  • The CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, is completed and is the tallest free-standing structure in the world.
  • Nadia Comaneci won 3 gold medals at the Montreal Olympics with seven perfect scores.
  • The world’s first recorded Ebola virus epidemic begins in Sudan

Famous People’s Birthdays 1976

  • Reese Witherspoon March 22
  • Colin Farrell May 31
  • Alicia Silverstone October 4
  • Ryan Reynolds October 23
  • Anna Faris November 29



Some interesting highlights from 1977. 

  • Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42
  • The mini-series “Roots” premieres on ABC
  • Star Wars opens in cinemas
  • The New York City Blackout lasted for 25 hours and resulted in looting and disorder.
  • 583 die in aviation’s worst-ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collided at Tenerife airport in Spain
  • The US returned the Panama Canal back to Panama

  • First Apple II computers go on sale

Famous People’s Birthdays 1977

  • Orlando Bloom January 13
  • Shakira February 2
  • Kanye West June 8
  • Liv Tyler July 1
  • Tom Hardy September 15



Here are a few of the highlights from around the world in 1978. Which one affected you the most?

  • Cult leader Jim Jones tells 900 members of his church, “People’s Temple,” to commit suicide
  • The very first “Garfield” comic strip was published in 41 U.S. Newspapers in June of 1978.
  • 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays
  • The film “Grease” opens starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  • Gold reaches an all-time high of $200.00 per ounce
  • Worlds Population Estimated at 4.4 billion

Famous People’s Birthdays 1978

  • Katherine Heigl November 24
  • Usher October 14
  • Zoe Zaldana June 19
  • James Franco April 19
  • Ashton Kutcher February 7



Oh, remember the Walkman?? Such an exciting time. Here are a few more things that happened in 1979.

  • Michael Jackson released his breakthrough album “Off the Wall” on August 10
  • Sony released the Walkman
  • China institutes the one-child per-family rule
  • ESPN launches on cable television.
  • Due to the crisis in Iran, Oil Prices increased around the world, and the public began panic buying, making things worse.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” the first movie of the series, premieres

Famous People’s Birthdays 1979

  • Heath Ledger April 4
  • Kate Hudson April 19
  • P!nk September 8
  • Kevin Hart July 6
  • Aaron Paul August 27



And to close out this wonderful generation, Gen X, here are some cool things that happened that year. 

  • World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated
  • The Rubik’s Cube puzzle toy debuts internationally in January at a toy fair in London
  • Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18th in Washington, killing 57.
  • President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • John Wayne Gacy Jr. was sentenced to death for the murder of 33 boys and young men.
  • Severe Summer Heat Wave in Southern US Causes 1,117 Deaths in 20 States
  • World population 4.4 Billion

Famous People’s Birthdays 1980

  • Ryan Gosling November 12
  • Kim Kardashian October 21
  • Christina Aguilera December 18
  • Macaulay Culkin August 26
  • Zooey Deschanel January 17

The Best Generation!


I hope you enjoyed this collection of things that happened the year you were born. 

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