On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1979

Historical Events

Historic Event

Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

  • 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 soccer defender (79 caps; Flamengo, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Internacional), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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
1979 Highlights

About February 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 10 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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