Today in History for December 1979

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 46 of 46

1st - 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
2nd - Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
2nd - Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score a triple-double
2nd - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
3rd - 11 trampled to death at Who concert in Cincinnati
3rd - 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern Cal (RB)
3rd - Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
3rd - Iran accepts constitution
3rd - Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.
4th - Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
5th - Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
9th - Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
10th - Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
11th - Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
12th - Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
12th - President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
13th - "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
13th - Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland
13th - Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel
14th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
15th - Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
15th - World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages
16th - 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
16th - QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
16th - 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
16th - "Love Story" based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
17th - Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
18th - Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)
Actor Dustin HoffmanActor Dustin Hoffman 19th - "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)
21st - Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
21st - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
21st - New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
23rd - NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
23rd - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
24th - 1st Ariane rocket launched
25th - Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
25th - USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
25th - 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
26th - Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
27th - "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
27th - Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
27th - Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown
29th - Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
30th - Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
30th - Togo adopts constitution
31st - Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 69 of 69

1st - Ryan Malone, American Hockey Player
1st - Angelique Bates, American Actress
2nd - Michael McIndoe, Scottish professional footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2nd - Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress
3rd - Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
3rd - Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor
3rd - Rock Cartwright, American football player
4th - Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
5th - Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
5th - Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
5th - Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
5th - Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
5th - Nick Stahl, American actor
6th - Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
7th - Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
7th - Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress
7th - Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
7th - Sara Bareilles, American singer
7th - Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
8th - Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
8th - Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
8th - Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
9th - Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer
9th - Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer
10th - Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler
11th - Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
12th - Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
12th - Nate Clements, American football player
12th - Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist
13th - Christina Todd, Miss Ohio Teen USA (Miss Congeniality-1997)
14th - Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model
14th - Michael Owen, English footballer
15th - Adam Brody, American actor
15th - Eric Young, Canadian professional wrestler
16th - Nicole Werra, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA (1996)
16th - Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer
16th - Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
16th - Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
17th - Cheri Vivette Alexander, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1997)
17th - Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
17th - Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star
17th - Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
18th - Carlos, Portuguese footballer
19th - Kevin Devine, American musician
19th - Paola Rey, Colombian actress
20th - David DeJesus, American baseball player
20th - Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
21st - Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
23rd - Summer Altice, American model and actress
23rd - Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
23rd - Holly Madison, American model
23rd - Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
24th - Chris Hero, American professional wrestler
26th - Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
26th - Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
26th - Chris Daughtry, American singer
26th - Mzbel, Ghanaian singer
27th - David Dunn, English footballer
27th - Carson Palmer, American football player
28th - James Blake, American tennis player
28th - Bill Hall, American baseball player
28th - Senna Guemmour, German Singer (Monrose)
29th - Laura Larson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1996)
29th - Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
29th - Ariel Schrag, American Cartoonist
29th - Diego Luna, Mexican actor
30th - Flávio, Angolan footballer
31st - Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly)
31st - Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Singer & Actress Liza MinnelliSinger & Actress Liza Minnelli (4th) 4th - Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)
23rd - Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 26 of 26

2nd - Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
3rd - Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (b. 1905)
4th - Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
5th - Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies aged 94
7th - Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
7th - Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
7th - Nicolas Born, writer, dies at 41
7th - Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
9th - Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
10th - Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
10th - Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
11th - Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
11th - James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
13th - Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
14th - Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
15th - Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
21st - Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
22nd - Darryl F Zanuck, film producer (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
23rd - Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
24th - Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
24th - Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
25th - Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
25th - Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
25th - Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
27th - Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
30th - Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77

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