On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1979

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 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? 41 years, 10 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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