On This Day

What Happened on December 16, 1979

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)
  • Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium
  • Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer-songwriter ("Tornerò"), born in Constanța, Romania
  • Trevor Immelman, South African golfer (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape
1979 Highlights

About December 16, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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