On This Day

What Happened on February 9, 1979

Historical Events

  • 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based film "Hardcore"
  • Nigeria amends constitution
  • UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • Walter Hill's drama film "The Warriors" is released in the United States, sparking gang violence at many theaters and a halt to the film's marketing campaign

Famous Birthdays

  • "Casper" David Gray, English snooker player (2003 Scottish Open Winner), born in Lower Morden, Greater London
  • Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), born in Beijing, China

Famous Deaths

  • Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), dies at 79
  • C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies

Person of interestDennis Gabor

Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor

1979 Highlights

About February 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 9 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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