What Happened on August 24, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)