What Happened on January 19, 1979

Historical Events

  • John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison

Presidential Medal of Freedom

US President Jimmy Carter announces he is awarding Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to anthropologist Margaret Mead

Famous Birthdays

  • Josu Sarriegi, Spanish football player, born in Lazkao, Spain
  • Spider Loc [Curtis Williams], American rapper (G-Unit), and actor, born in Compton, California
  • Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast, born in Belgorod, Russia
  • Wiley, English Rapper (Grime), born in Bow, London
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

  • Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, American NFL fullback (NY Giants), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies

About January 19, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 4 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Le Freak - Chic
  • UK #1 Song: Y.M.C.A. - Village People