On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1979

Historical Events

  • "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Iranian press censors start massive book burnings

Famous Birthdays

  • Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • D.J. Houlton, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Ernst Chain, German-British chemist and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1945 - for his work on penicillin), dies at 73
1979 Highlights

About August 12, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 10 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Good Times - Chic
  • UK #1 Song: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats