On This Day

What Happened on February 18, 1979

Historical Events

  • -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins after race leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collide with each other on final lap; first 500 mile race broadcast from start to finish
  • Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • President Zia ur-Rahman's National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Snow falls in Sahara Desert

Famous Birthdays

  • Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
1979 Highlights

About February 18, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 21 days
Leap Year: No

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