On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1979

Historical Events

  • Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador
  • In the battle of American teenage tennis prodigies, 16 year old Tracy Austin beats 14 year old Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 6-2 in the 2nd round at US Open

Famous Birthdays

  • Mickie James, American professional wrestler (WWE Women's Champion 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball infielder, coach (only player in history to hit walk-off, grand slam home run in last MLB at-bat), born in Las Matas de Farfán, DR
  • Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)

Famous Deaths

  • E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper, umpire (11 Tests), dies at 93
  • Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
1979 Highlights

About August 31, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 40 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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