What Happened on January 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


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Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws

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K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

Famous Birthdays

  • Lavinia Magruder, Miss Vermont Teen USA (1996)
  • Tomiko Van, Japanese singer

Famous Deaths

  • Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80