On This Day

What Happened on December 25, 1979

Historical Events

  • 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 2nd consecutive trophy as best football player in Europe; beats Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Ajax sweeper Ruud Krol
  • Soviet forces invade Afghanistan to prop up the Communist government, beginning a disastrous and failed ten-year war

Famous Deaths

  • Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64
1979 Highlights

About December 25, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Christmas (India), Christmas Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

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