On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • Today Show gets a new theme song
  • Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh

Famous Birthdays

  • Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer, born in Călinești, Romania
  • Sarah Polley, Canadian actress (Sweet Hereafter), born in Toronto, Canada
  • Seol Ki-hyeon, South Korean footballer, born in Jeongseon County, South Korea
  • Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer, born in Split, Croatia

Famous Deaths

  • Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 81