What Happened on January 16, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

  • August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)
  • Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71

Person of interestTed Cassidy

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