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 on Broadway
  • 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? 41 years, 7 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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