On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 1979

Historical Events

  • Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • The Penmanshiel Tunnel in Berwickshire, Scotland, collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Ference, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Nicole "Coco" Austin, American glamor model
  • Samoa Joe, Samoan professional wrestler
  • Stormy Daniels [Stephanie Clifford], American pornographic actress, claims had affair with Donald Trump, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Famous Weddings

Kurt Russell

Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)

Famous Deaths

  • Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
1979 Highlights

About March 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 7 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: St. Patrick's Day (Ireland, United Kingdom)

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