On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1979

Historical Events


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

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? 41 years, 8 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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