On This Day

What Happened on August 24, 1979

Historical Events

  • 36th Venice Film Festival opens

Film Release

Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone
  • NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Rock band "The Cars" play concert at the Wollman Rink in NYC's Central Park
  • UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps

Famous Birthdays

  • (Katherine) "Kaki" King, American guitarist, lap steel guitar player and composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Michael Redd, American basketball player, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Orlando Engelaar, Dutch international footballer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • Hanna Reitsch, German aviator and test pilot, dies at 67
  • Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk, priest and wonder-worker, dies at 79
1979 Highlights

About August 24, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 30 days
Leap Year: No

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