On This Day

What Happened on January 9, 1979

Historical Events

Sports History

Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

  • Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws

Film & TV History

K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

  • Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

Famous Birthdays

  • Tomiko Van, Japanese pop-rock singer (Do As Infinity), born in Yamato, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (Nuove Struttura), dies at 87
1979 Highlights

About January 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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