On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1979

Historical Events

Sports History

Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) return to rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane

Historic Event

Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns


Famous Birthdays

  • Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer (Rangers), born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer, born in Aflou, Algeria
  • Nick Stahl, American actor (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Harlingen, Texas
  • Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Espoo, Finland

Famous Deaths

  • Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
1979 Highlights

About December 5, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 8 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Babe - Styx
  • UK #1 Song: Walking on the Moon - The Police