On This Day

What Happened on July 12, 1979

Historical Events

Down With Disco!

"Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers

  • Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
  • Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK

Famous Birthdays

  • Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player

Famous Deaths

  • Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • Minnie Ripperton [Andrea Davis], American pop, R&B, and disco singer-songwriter ("Lovin' You"), dies of breast cancer at 31
1979 Highlights

About July 12, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Battle of the Boyne (United Kingdom)

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