On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1979

Historical Events

Sport awardBoston Marathon

83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15

Marathon Runner Bill Rodgers
Marathon Runner
Bill Rodgers
  • Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"

Famous Birthdays

  • Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
1979 Highlights

About April 16, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 5 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Easter Monday (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aries