What Happened on February 17, 1979

Historical Events

World Record

American speed skater Eric Heiden equals world record 1000m (1:14.99)

  • China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War

Famous Birthdays

  • Bear McCreary, American composer for film, television (Outlander; The Walking Dead: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and video games, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Josh Willingham, American MLB baseball outfielder, 2004-14 (Florida MArlins, and 4 other teams), born in Florence, Alabama
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

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

About February 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart
  • UK #1 Song: Heart Of Glass - Blondie