On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1979

Historical Events

  • "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • "Gilda Radner: Live From New York" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 52 performances
  • MLB New York Mets purchase contract of outfielder José Cardenal from Philadelphia Phillies between games of a double-header between the two teams
  • Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB's Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million

Famous Birthdays

  • Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete, born in Kapsabet, Kenya

Famous Deaths

  • Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1971, 73–78; World Series 1977, 78; AL MVP 1976; NY Yankees), dies in a plane crash at 32
1979 Highlights

About August 2, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 9 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • UK #1 Song: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats