On This Day

What Happened on December 3, 1979

Historical Events

  • 11 members of the audience trampled to death during a stampede to claim unreserved seats for a concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
  • Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
  • Iran accepts constitution
  • Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.

Famous Birthdays

  • Daniel Bedingfield, English-New Zealand pop singer-songwriter ("Gotta Get Thru This"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor (Stargate Atlantis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Tiffany Haddish, American comedian and actress (Girls Trip), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
1979 Highlights

About December 3, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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