What Happened in August 1979

Historical Events

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 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

Aug 30 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
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Aug 31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 18 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 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
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, US writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14
  • Aug 27 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75