On This Day

What Happened on February 5, 1979

Historical Events

  • Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS

Famous Birthdays

  • Paulo Gonçalves, Portuguese rally racing motorcycle rider (FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 2013), born in Gemeses, Portugal (d. 2020)

Famous Deaths

  • Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies at 77
1979 Highlights

About February 5, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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