On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • UN's Vienna office opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ritchie Neville, British musician, born in Solihull, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71