On This Day

What Happened on April 23, 1979

Historical Events

  • Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.

Famous Birthdays

  • Barry Fratelli [Wallace], Scottish rock bassist (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jaime King, American model and actress (Bulletproof Monk), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer and songwriter (The Rasmus), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia

Famous Deaths

  • Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
1979 Highlights

About April 23, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 7 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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