Today in History for October 1979

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 77 of 77

1st - Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
1st - Pope John Paul II begins first papal visit to USA in Boston
1st - RKO radio network begins operation
1st - US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years
2nd - Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture
4th - Hugh Leonards "Life," premieres in Dublin
4th - USSR performs nuclear test
5th - MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 0
6th - Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"
6th - Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House in Washington, D.C.
6th - MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
7th - "1940's Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
7th - "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
7th - Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 7th - Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
7th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
7th - Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings
7th - 30th Formula One WDC: Jody Scheckter wins by four points
8th - "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 perfs
8th - 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins
8th - J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" premieres in NYC
9th - Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn
10th - Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
10th - Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game
10th - Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
Country Singer Willie NelsonCountry Singer Willie Nelson 10th - Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC
11th - "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
11th - German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner
11th - Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan
12th - Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
12th - The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
14th - 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
14th - Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
14th - Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3
14th - NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal
14th - 1st Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. by over 100,000 people
Author Helen KellerAuthor Helen Keller 14th - NBC premiere of U.S. TV adaptation of Helen Keller's life story "The Miracle Worker"
15th - 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
15th - Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
15th - Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees
15th - NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier
17th - "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 perfs
17th - D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8
17th - Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
17th - Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
17th - Pres Carter signs legislation creating Dept of Education
18th - "Beatlemania" opens in London
18th - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
18th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
20th - Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"
20th - John F Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston
20th - John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
21st - 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
21st - 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
21st - Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
21st - Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns
21st - Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
22nd - "One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC
22nd - Deposed Shah of Iran arrives in NYC for medical treatment
22nd - Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
23rd - Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
Singer-Songwriter Bob DylanSinger-Songwriter Bob Dylan 24th - Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
24th - Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc
25th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
26th - Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
27th - Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
27th - St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (Natl Day)
27th - Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide
28th - Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
28th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
29th - Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
29th - Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney 30th - NASA launches space vehicle S-203
30th - Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
31st - Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
31st - US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 78 of 78

1st - Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
1st - Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
1st - Rudi Johnson, American football player
1st - Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union footballer
2nd - Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer
2nd - Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
2nd - Maja Ivarsson, lead singer, The Sounds
3rd - John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
3rd - Daniel Hollie, American professional wrestler
4th - Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
4th - Stefan Booth, British actor
4th - Bjorn Phau, German tennis player
5th - Jaime Chambers, American television reporter
5th - Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
5th - Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player
5th - Yao Chen, Chinese actress and Sina Weibo personality, born in Shishi City, Quanzhourn
6th - David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
6th - Richard Seymour, American football player
6th - Lex Shrapnel, English actor
7th - Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast
7th - Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor
7th - Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor
7th - Tang Wei, Chinese actress
8th - [Gregory] Chad Petree, Shawne Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
8th - Kristanna Loken, American actress
8th - Paul Burchill, English professional wrestler
9th - Ashley Anderson, Miss Delaware Teen USA (1996)
9th - Lydia Jane Lipscombe, Christchurch NZ, breastroker (Olympics-96)
9th - Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer
9th - Brandon Routh, American actor
9th - Alex Greenwald, American musician(Phantom Planet), actor, model
9th - Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver
10th - Mya Harrison, American singer
10th - Nicolás Massú, Chilean tennis player
10th - Wu Chun, Brunei born Taiwanese actor
10th - Ahn Chil Hyun (Kangta), lead singer of the former South Korean group H.O.T.
11th - Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress
11th - Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
11th - Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan-born American musician (Cobra Starship, Midtown)
12th - Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory)
13th - Wes Brown, English footballer
14th - Coty Strickler, Miss Montana Teen USA (1997)
14th - Stacy Keibler, American actress / ex-professional wrestler
15th - Mahana Ka'ahumanu Walters, Miss Hawaii Teen USA (3rd-1997)
15th - Paul Robinson, English football player
15th - Māris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player
15th - Blue Adams, American Football Player
17th - Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
17th - Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer and violinist (Stream of Passion)
17th - Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
18th - Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], Camden, Arkansas, American pop and R&B singer and songwriter
19th - Randy Spelling, (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California
19th - Brian Robertson, American trombonist
19th - José Luis "Parejita" López, Mexican footballer
20th - Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
20th - John Krasinski, American actor
20th - Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
21st - Khalil Greene, American baseball player
21st - Gabe Gross, American baseball player
22nd - Eve Chalom, dance skater (& Gates--1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Detroit, Michigan
23rd - Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
23rd - Jorge Solís, Mexican professional boxer
24th - Amanda Aardsma, Miss Colorado Teen USA (1997)
24th - Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
25th - Milena Roucka, Canadian former model current professional wrestler of Czech and Costa Rican descent.
25th - Rob Hulse, English footballer
25th - Sarah Thompson, American actress
25th - Tony Torcato, American baseball player
26th - Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (d. 2002)
27th - Melanie Vallejo, Australian TV actress
28th - Aki Hakala, Finnish drummer (The Rasmus)
28th - Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
29th - Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
30th - Jason Bartlett, American baseball player
30th - Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress
31st - Simão Sabrosa, Portuguese footballer
31st - Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican Footballer
31st - Saaphyri Windsor, American reality tv figure

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

MLB Outfielder Tim RainesMLB Outfielder Tim Raines (16th) 16th - MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 22 of 22

1st - Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
3rd - Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
3rd - Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969), dies in car crash at 29
4th - Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
5th - Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
6th - Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
8th - June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
10th - Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
10th - Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
12th - Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
13th - Clarence Muse, actor (Sam-Casablanca), dies at 90
13th - Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
16th - Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
17th - John Stuart, actor (Number 17), dies at 81
17th - Karel Reiner, composer, dies at 69
17th - S J Perelman, US humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
22nd - Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
22nd - Nadia Boulanger, French composer and composition teacher (b. 1887)
26th - Jackie Grant, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies
26th - Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
30th - Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
30th - Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)

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