What Happened on December 25, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • 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