What Happened on January 28, 1979

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC

  • Charlie Smalls' musical "The Wiz", an updated take on "The Wizard of Oz", starring Stephanie Mills, Stu Gilliam, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, closes at Majestic Theater in NYC, after 1,672 performances, 7 Tony and 6 Drama Desk Awards

Conference of Interest

Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico

1979 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

  • Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (The Three Children (Near Clonmel)), dies at 77
  • Hans Scherfig, Danish artist and communist writer (Idealists, Stolen Spring), dies at 73

About January 28, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 4 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aquarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Le Freak - Chic
  • UK #1 Song: Heart Of Glass - Blondie