On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear