On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1979

Historical Events

  • "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1, stays at top for 6 weeks
  • Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space

Famous Birthdays

  • Dave Douglas, American drummer (Relient K), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer, born in Binningen, Switzerland

Famous Deaths

  • Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll Trio), and songwriter ("It's Late"), dies of a heart attack at 46
1979 Highlights

About August 19, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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