On This Day

What Happened on June 12, 1979

Historical Events

  • Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Dallas Clark, American football tight end (Super Bowl 2006; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 2009; Indianapolis Colts), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Robyn [Robin Carlsson], Swedish pop and dance music singer-songwriter, and record producer ("Show Me Love"; "Dancing On My Own"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Wil Horneff, American actor (Ghost in the Machine; Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
1979 Highlights

About June 12, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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