On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1979

Historical Events

  • Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo adoptsa new constitution

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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Famous Weddings

  • Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Kynard, American soul, jazz, and funk Hammond B-3 organ player (Reelin With The Feelin'), dies at 46
  • Michael Wilding, British actor (Stage Fright, Courtney Affair, World of Suzie Wong), dies from a head injury at 66
  • Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
1979 Highlights

About July 8, 1979

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

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