On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • English international forward Trevor Francis becomes Britain’s first £1 million soccer player when he transfers from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest
  • Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Julie Augustyniak, American soccer player, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Valentin Elizalde, Mexican singer, born in Navojoa, Mexico (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60