On This Day

What Happened on January 16, 1979

Historical Events

  • Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran, will preside until unrest in the country subsides

Film & TV History

BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Historic Event

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution


Famous Birthdays

  • Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Carlyle, Canada
  • Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chapleau, Canada
  • Jimmy Walker, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2016), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Rashawn Ross, American trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band), born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Deaths

  • August Heissmeyer, German SS officer, dies at 82
  • Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71
  • Peter Butterworth, British actor and comedian (Carry On), dies of a heart attack at 63

Ted Cassidy

Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46


1979 Highlights

About January 16, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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