What Happened on July 1, 1979

Historical Events

  • Sony introduces the Walkman, first popular portable cassette player
  • Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Sweden becomes 1st nation to prohibit "corporal punishment or other injurious or humiliating treatment" of children by their parents

Famous Birthdays

  • Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist, born in Columbus, Ohio

Famous Deaths

  • Richard Ward, African American actor (Death of a Salesman, Beacon Hill), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), dies at 56
1979 Highlights

About July 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Dominion Day (Canada)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
  • UK #1 Song: Are 'Friends' Electric? - Tubeway Army