On This Day

What Happened on August 10, 1979

Historical Events

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Wings release "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? 41 years, 3 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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