On This Day

What Happened on July 5, 1979

Famous Birthdays

  • Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player (Australian Open, Wimbledon 2006), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Shane Filan, Irish singer and songwriter (Westlife), born in Sligo, Ireland
  • Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Mihaylovgrad, Bulgaria

Famous Deaths

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Elizabeth Ryan, American tennis player (26 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Judson Laire, American stage and screen actor (I Remember Mama - "Papa"; Advise and Consent), dies at 76
1979 Highlights

About July 5, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 3 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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