On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1979

Historical Events

  • 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
  • 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • International Year of the Child begins
  • John Y. Brown attends his first game as owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise after trading the Buffalo Braves to previous Celtics owner, Irving H. Levin
  • Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations

Famous Birthdays

  • Brody Dalle [Bree Robinson] Australian punk rock singer (The Distillers), born in Melbourne, Austrailia
  • Koichi Domoto, Japanese J-Pop singer-songwriter (KinKi Kids - "Glass no Shōnen / Glass Boy"), born in Ashiya, Hyōgo, Japan

Famous Weddings

John Carpenter

Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

1979 Highlights

About January 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Capricorn