On This Day

What Happened on December 24, 1979

Historical Events

  • 1st Ariane rocket launched

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Hero, American professional wrestler, born in Dayton, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch politician, diplomat (Ambassador to Great Britain, 1952-58; Secretary General of NATO, 1961-64), and CEO (Heineken), dies at 82
  • Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
1979 Highlights

About December 24, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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