On This Day

What Happened on December 21, 1979

Historical Events

  • Garry Unger’s NHL record for consecutive games ends at 914, as his Atlanta Flames lose 5-1 to the St Louis Blues and he is benched by coach Al MacNeil; record eventually broken by Doug Jarvis (964)
  • New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer, born in Stockholm, Sweden

Famous Deaths

  • Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies at 60
1979 Highlights

About December 21, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 7 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
  • UK #1 Song: Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd