On This Day

What Happened on February 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday

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

  • 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