Historical Events in August 1979

  • 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)

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
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