On This Day

What Happened in June 1979

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • Jun 1 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • Jun 1 Ted Coombs begins 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 1 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Jun 1 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill

Papal Visit

Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

  • Jun 2 NASA launches space vehicle S-198

Historic Event

Jun 2 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

  • Jun 3 33rd Tony Awards: "Elephant Man" and "Sweeny Todd" win
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in the Gulf of Mexico blows, spilling 3 million barrels of oil in one of the worst oil spills in history
  • Jun 4 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • Jun 4 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

Historic Event

Jun 4 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

  • Jun 5 Seychelles adopts constitution
  • Jun 6 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • Jun 6 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • Jun 6 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • Jun 7 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
  • Jun 7 Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched
  • Jun 7 Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns

Music History

Jun 7 Rock 'n' Roll singer-songwriter and guitar legend Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion

  • Jun 8 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • Jun 8 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time
  • Jun 9 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young wins 3rd major; beats Jerilyn Britz by 3 strokes

  • Jun 10 Baltimore Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleveland)

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert dominates Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd French singles crown

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg wins 2nd of 4 straight French titles and 6 overall; beats Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

  • Jun 12 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185 ft-1 inch; record broken in 1992
  • Jun 12 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 12 Sandinista occupies parts of Managua

Baseball Event

Jun 12 Detroit Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson who stays until 1995; includes World Series title 1984 and AL Manager of the Year Award 1984 and 1987

  • Jun 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • Jun 13 Phyllis Newman's semi-autobiographical one-woman musical comedy "The Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at the 22 Steps Theater, NYC; runs for 85 performances on Broadway
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 13 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills, South Dakota

Album Release

Jun 13 Asylum Records releases "Mingus", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 10th studio album

  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs

Sports History

Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record

  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 Single "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

Sports History

Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo, Syria
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Hale Irwin wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of former champions Jerry Pate and Gary Player

Sports History

Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset

Treaty of Interest

Jun 18 US President Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty limiting nuclear weapons

  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • Jun 19 Mali's constitution goes into effect
  • Jun 21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Tim Blake and Peter Gabriel headline; other performs include: Steve Hillage, The Alex Harvey Band, and Sky

Music History

Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit

  • Jun 22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • Jun 23 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • Jun 23 "My Sharona" single released by The Knack
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 23 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
  • Jun 23 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38

Baseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 25 Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver

Film Premiere

Jun 26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

Sports History

Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

  • Jun 27 Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities
  • Jun 28 OPEC raises oil prices 24%
  • Jun 29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

TV Show Appearance

Jun 30 British punk rocker johnny rotten and British actress Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

  • Jun 30 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)
  • Jun 30 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American NFL wide receiver / punt returner (Pro Bowl 2005; New York Jets, Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 1 Markus Persson, Swedish video game programmer (Mojang; Minecraft), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 1 Ladislav Nagy, Slovak ice hockey left wing (World C'ship gold 2002; NHL: SL Blues, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, LA Kings), born in Šaca, Slovakia
  • Jun 2 Morena Baccarin, Brazilian-American actress (Serenity; Deadpool; Homeland), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese soccer forward (57 caps; Hamburg S-V, Urawa Reds), born in Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 4 Daniel Lucca Parenti, American jazz bassist, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 5 Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • Jun 5 David Bisbal, Spanish singer, born in Almería, Spain
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 7 Anne McClain, American army officer and NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-11), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 7 Hilary Lunke, American golfer (US Open 2003), born in Edina, Minnesota
  • Jun 8 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 10 Lee Brice, American country singer and songwriter (Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Jun 11 Texito Langa, Mozambican jazz drummer-percussionist, composer, and arranger, born in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Jun 12 Wil Horneff, American actor (Ghost in the Machine; Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football tight end (Super Bowl 2006; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 2009; Indianapolis Colts), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Jun 12 Robyn [Robin Carlsson], Swedish pop and dance music singer-songwriter, and record producer ("Show Me Love"; "Dancing On My Own"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 14 Carlos Henriquez, American jazz and Latin jazz double bassist (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New York City
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian sprinter (Olympic gold, 2004), born in Brest, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player, born in Montclair, California
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 John Ford, American software engineer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 20 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles, Rookie of the Year 2001), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 20 Lani Billard, Canadian actress

Chris Pratt

Jun 21 Chris Pratt, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World,), born in Virginia, Minnesota

  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 24 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • Jun 24 Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model, born in Karviná, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 24 Mindy Kaling, American actress and TV producer (The Office, The Mindy Project), born in Cambridge Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 La La Anthony , American TV personality (Think Like a Man, Power), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 25 Katie Doyle, American actress (The Hillz) and reality television star, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 25 Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler, born in Kuwana, Mie, Japan
  • Jun 25 Busy Philipps, American actress (Freaks and Geeks), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer (Bournemouth), born in Glasgow
  • Jun 26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jun 26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 26 Nathan Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 27 John Warne, American Christian rock bassist (Relient K, 2004-13; Ace Troubleshooter, 1995-2005), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 27 Kim Gyu-ri, South Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 28 Florian Zeller, French novelist (La Fascination du Pire) and playwright (The Father), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 28 Ha Ji-won, South Korean actress (Damo), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Andy O'Brien, Irish soccer defender (26 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newcastle United), born in Harrogate, England
  • Jun 29 Abs Love [Richard Abidin Breen], English singer (Five), born in London
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands
  • Jun 29 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)
  • Jun 29 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician ("Gözlerin"/"Your Eyes"), and actor (My Lying Lover), born in Amasra, Turkey (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Matisyahu [Matthew Miller], Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer and rapper ("One Day"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 30 Rick Gonzalez, Hispanic-American actor (Arrow), born in New York City

Famous Weddings

Muddy Waters

Jun 5 American blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), dies at 91
  • Jun 1 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 4 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), dies at 80
  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53

Jack Haley

Jun 6 (John Joseph) "Jack" Haley, American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz - "Tin Man"; Higher and Higher), dies of a heart attack at 81

  • Jun 7 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Palange, American arranger, classical music and film score composer (Hollywood Panorama; King Dinosaur), and conductor, dies at 61
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), dies at 94
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

John Wayne

Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), dies from acute hepatitis at 47
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 (William Jennings Bryan) "Ben" Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, German writer and historian, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian chief of state (1972-78), executed by firing squad during a coup at 47
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 67
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzell, American character actor (Summer of '42; Bonanza - "Dusty Rhodes"), dies at 59
  • Jun 17 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, English actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), dies of a heat attack at 86
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, dies at 79
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention; Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72