What Happened on December 27, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
  • Los Angeles left wing Charlie Simmer scores in a Kings' 3-0 shutout of the Quebec Nordiques to extend his modern day NHL goal-scoring streak to 13 straight games (ends next game)
  • Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Soap Opera "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV

Famous Birthdays

  • Carson Palmer, American football player
  • David Dunn, English footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Hafizullah Amin, Afghan politician (President of Afghanistan, 1979), killed by Russian forces in a coup during Soviet invasion at 50