What Happened on December 7, 1979

Historical Events

Film Premiere

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

Famous Birthdays

  • Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress and writer, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jennifer Carpenter, American actress (Debra Morgan-Dexter), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer, born in Athens, Greece
  • Sara Bareilles, American pop singer ("Love Song"; "Brave"), born in Eureka, California

Famous Deaths

  • Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, dies at 79 [1]
  • Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Dock Worker), dies at 82
  • Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
1979 Highlights

About December 7, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 9 months and 25 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