What Happened on January 14, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


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John McEnroe wins his first of 3 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles 6–7, 6–3, 7–5 against fellow American Arthur Ashe at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benitez beats WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino of Mexico in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; becomes two-division champion at the age of 20

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US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous Birthdays

  • Angela Lindvall, American supermodel, born in Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • John Reuben, American hip hop artist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Karen Elson, British supermodel, born in Oldham, United Kingdom

Famous Deaths

  • Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)