On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1979

Historical Events

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

World Record

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
1979 Highlights

About February 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 9 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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