What Happened on August 31, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador
  • Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green

Famous Birthdays

  • Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • Mickie James, American professional wrestler
  • Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player
  • Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)

Famous Deaths

  • E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75