On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1979

Historical Events

  • 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Film release premierFilm Premier

Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Famous Birthdays

  • Antwaan Randle El, American football player and coach, born in Riverdale, Illinois
  • Marcus Patric, British actor (Hollyoaks), born in Gosport, England

Famous Deaths

  • Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
1979 Highlights

About August 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 2 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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