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
  • Sarah Polley, actress (Sweet Hereafter)
  • Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer

Famous Deaths

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