On This Day

What Happened on August 12, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday

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 B. Chain, German-British chemist and bacteriologist (penicillin, Nobel 1945), dies at 73