What Happened in August 1979

Historical Events

  • 1st Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • 1st 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 2nd "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 2nd Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • 3rd Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI
  • 3rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 4th Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • 4th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 5th "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 5th Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • 5th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

5th Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 5th Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America

Hall of fameHall of Fame

5th Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 6th 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • 6th Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

8th Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 9th English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • 10th Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • 10th Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"
  • 11th 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • 11th Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • 12th "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 12th Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • 12th Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • 13th Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • 14th Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • 15th Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations

Film release premierFilm Release

15th "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released

  • 17th 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Film release premierFilm Premier

17th Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

18th Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 19th "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • 19th Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • 19th Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
  • 20th India premier Charan Singh resigns
  • 20th Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • 20th The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • 21st Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • 22nd 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • 23rd Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • 23rd Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • 23rd UN's Vienna office opens
  • 24th Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • 24th NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • 24th UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • 24th 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 25th "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • 25th California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • 25th Somali adopts constitution
  • 26th Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 27th Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • 27th Sligo, Ireland; Admiral of the Fleet Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, uncle of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, last Viceroy of India, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, and three companions, two of them children, killed by the IRA when his boat was blown up.
  • 28th IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market
  • 28th Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die
  • 29th Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 29th Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • 30th -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep
  • 30th 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

30th Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 30th Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

30th US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Sport awardTennis Open

30th Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 31st 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • 31st Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • 31st Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
  • 31st Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Junior Agogo, Accra, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1st Jason Momoa, Honolulu Hawaiii, American actor (Game of Thrones)
  • 1st Honeysuckle Weeks, Cardiff, Welsh actress
  • 2nd Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • 3rd Kris Jenkins, American football player
  • 3rd Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • 4th Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Miami, Florida
  • 4th Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • 5th David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • 6th Jennifer Exaltacion, Windsor Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 7th Eric Johnson, American actor
  • 8th Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir
  • 8th Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 8th Rashard Lewis, American basketball player
  • 8th Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • 9th Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in New York City
  • 9th Jessica Gregory, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA (1997)
  • 10th Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
  • 10th Ted Geoghegan, American filmmaker and author
  • 10th Joanna Garcia, Cuban actress
  • 10th Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 12th D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
  • 12th Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • 13th Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • 13th Román Colón, Dominican baseball player
  • 13th Corey Patterson, American baseball player
  • 14th Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director
  • 14th Paul Burgess, Australian athlete
  • 15th Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • 16th Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • 16th Michael Stahlman, American rower and coach
  • 17th Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • 17th Marcus Patric, British actor
  • 19th Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • 19th Dave Douglas, American musician (Relient K)
  • 20th Tara Shaffer, Miss Ohio Teen USA (1996)
  • 20th Cory Sullivan, American baseball player
  • 21st Aiesha Lee Hendrick, Miss New York Teen USA (1996)
  • 21st Ashley Whitney, Nashville TN, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
  • 21st Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer
  • 22nd Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor
  • 22nd Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 23rd Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • 23rd Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • 24th Orlando Engelaar, Dutch International Footballer
  • 24th Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
  • 24th Michael Redd, American basketball player
  • 25th Marlon Harewood, English footballer
  • 26th Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 26th Rubén Pazos, Spanish footballer
  • 26th Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • 27th Ara Francis, Miss Colorado Teen USA (1996)
  • 27th Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • 27th Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • 27th Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 28th Markus Pröll, German footballer
  • 28th Robert Hoyzer, German football referee
  • 28th Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
  • 28th Kristen Hughes, Australian netballer
  • 28th Ruth Riley, American basketball player
  • 29th Natasha Fisher, Miss Nebraska Teen USA (1997)
  • 29th Chieu Luu, Canadian journalist
  • 29th Ryan Shealy, American baseball player
  • 30th Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • 30th Leon Lopez, British actor
  • 30th Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • 30th Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 31st Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • 31st Mickie James, American professional wrestler
  • 31st Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • 31st Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)
  • 31st Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player

Famous Weddings

  • 18th Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

3rd Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • 3rd Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • 3rd Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • 6th Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • 8th Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • 9th Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • 9th Walter O'Malley, CEO (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 9th Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 10th Dick Foran, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 69
  • 10th Walther Gerlach, German Physicist (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90

Person of interestPerson of Interest

16th John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • 17th Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • 19th Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • 21st Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • 22nd Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • 22nd James T Farrell, US writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • 23rd Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • 23rd Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70
  • 24th Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • 24th Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • 25th Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • 26th Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • 27th Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • 27th Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • 27th Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14
  • 27th Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 28th Simonow, writer, dies
  • 29th Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • 30th Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • 31st E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • 31st Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75