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

Film release premierFilm 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
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • 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 aviator and test pilot, dies at 67
  • Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)