On This Day

What Happened on December 16, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US
  • 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States
  • QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys

Famous Birthdays

  • Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • Mihai Tr─âistariu, Romanian singer
  • Trevor Immelman, South African golfer (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape