What Happened on March 26, 1979

Historical Events

Sports History

41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball

Treaty of Interest

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

  • Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game winning streak
  • MLB San Diego Padres & San Francisco Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
1979 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Heidi Zeigler, American child actress (Just the 10 of Us - "Sherry"), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist (Spiral), born in Hamamatsu, Japan
  • Nacho Novo, Spanish footballer (Rangers), born in Ferrol, Spain
  • Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
Born in 1979

Famous Weddings

Bob Denver

Comedic actor Bob Denver (44) weds fourth wife Dreama Peery

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Stafford, American writer (Pulitzer Prize 1970-The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford), dies at 63

About March 26, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 11 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tragedy - Bee Gees
  • UK #1 Song: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor