On This Day

What Happened on February 8, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Cook, American baseball player, born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Deng Chao, Chinese actor (The Mermaid, The Dead End), born in Nanchang, China
  • Josh Keaton, American actor and singer, born in Hacienda Heights, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 72
  • Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet and writer (against Pasternak), dies at 82