On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday

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