On This Day

What Happened on August 3, 1979

Historical Events

  • Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major - PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Kris Jenkins, American NFL defensive tackle (Pro Bowl (20-03, 06, 08; All-Pro 2002-03; Carolina Panthers, New York Jets), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Renato Fasano, Italian composer, dies at 76
1979 Highlights

About August 3, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 11 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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