What Happened on February 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)

Famous Birthdays

  • Josh Willingham, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), dies from a heart attack at 73