On This Day

What Happened on March 4, 1979

Historical Events

  • "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS
  • 200th episode of "All in the Family"

Catholic Encyclical

Pope John Paul II publishes his first encyclical "Redemptor Hominis"

  • US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
  • Jon Fratelli [John Lawler], Scottish rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player (The Fratellis - Costello Music; Here We Stand), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), dies at 52
1979 Highlights

About March 4, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 10 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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