On This Day

What Happened on February 15, 1979

Historical Events

Music awardsGrammy Awards

21st Grammy Awards: Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are"; A Taste of Honey win

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Adam Granduciel [Granofsky], American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer (The War on Drugs - "Thinking Of A Place"; "Holding On": The Violators, 2003-11), born in Dover, Massachusetts
  • Alenka Kej┼żar, Slovenian swimmer, born in Kranj, Slovenia
  • Gordon Shedden, Scottish auto racing driver, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Josh Low, English footballer, born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short To Box With God), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general and miltary governor of Tehran, executed
1979 Highlights

About February 15, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 7 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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