On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1979

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

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 [Jones], American stage and screen actress (I Love Lucy - "Ethel Mertz"; The Lucy Show - "Viv"), dies of cancer at 70
1979 Highlights

About August 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 2 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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