On This Day

What Happened on December 7, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"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
  • Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
  • Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
  • Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • Sara Bareilles, American singer

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
  • Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Docker), dies at 82
  • Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris