On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1979

Historical Events


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Famous Birthdays

  • Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir
  • Rashard Lewis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 2005, 09; NBA C'ship 2013; Miami Heat), born in Pineville, Louisiana
  • Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)

Famous Deaths

  • Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
1979 Highlights

About August 8, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 10 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Bad Girls - Donna Summer
  • UK #1 Song: I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats