On This Day

What Happened on July 9, 1979

Historical Events

  • A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory

Famous Birthdays

  • Ella Koon [Yun-na], Hong Kong Canto-pop singer and actress of Hakka heritage, born in Tahita, French Polynesia
  • Tolga Bedir, Turkish jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Istanbul, Turkey

Famous Deaths

  • Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), dies at 53
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
1979 Highlights

About July 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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