What Happened on August 23, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • UN's Vienna office opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • Ritchie Neville, British musician

Famous Deaths

  • Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70