Today in History for August 1979

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 69 of 69

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 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
Iraqi President Saddam HusseinIraqi President Saddam Hussein 8th - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
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
Actor Martin SheenActor Martin Sheen 17th - 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
17th - Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones and starring Graham Chapman and John Cleese 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.
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 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 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 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)
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
39th US President Jimmy Carter39th US President Jimmy Carter 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 Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated
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 - 72 of 72

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 - Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Montreal, Quebec
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 - 31 of 31

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
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

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