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, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

1979 Highlights

About January 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years and 27 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