What Happened on August 31, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

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