On This Day

What Happened on August 10, 1979

Historical Events

Album Release

"Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)

  • Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Wings release single "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Famous Birthdays

  • Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Joanna Garcia, Cuban actress
  • Ted Geoghegan, American filmmaker and author
  • Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver

Famous Deaths

  • John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90
1979 Highlights

About August 10, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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