Today in History for August 1979

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 66 of 66

1st - Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
2nd - "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 perfs
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 perfs
5th - Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
5th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open
5th - Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single
5th - Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
5th - Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame
6th - 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
6th - Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel
8th - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
Iraqi President Saddam HusseinIraqi President Saddam Hussein 9th - English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
10th - Ecuador adopts its constitution
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 - Iran 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
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
Actor Martin SheenActor Martin Sheen 17th - Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres
18th - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
19th - "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
19th - Crew of Soyuz 32 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 aft 175 d flight
19th - Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
19th - Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov & Valery Ryumin returned 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
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 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
25th - "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 perfs
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 were killed when the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passed Narrow Water Castle near Warrenpoint
LPGA Golfer Beth DanielLPGA Golfer Beth Daniel 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)
30th - Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match
30th - Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses
30th - US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga
30th - Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Nastase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated
Tennis Player Ilie NastaseTennis Player Ilie Nastase 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

Birthdays 1 - 71 of 71

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, NYC NY, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ)
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
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

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

18th - Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 29 of 29

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
13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker (16th) 16th - John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 83
17th - Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
19th - Dorsey Burnette, rocker, dies at 46 of a heart attack
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
28th - Simonow, writer, dies
29th - Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
31st - E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
31st - Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75

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