What Happened on May 1, 1979

Historical Events

Music History

Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights

  • Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
1979 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Easter, American actor
  • Daniel Letterle, American actor (Camp), born in Northfield, Ohio
  • Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps; Benetton Treviso, Stade Français), born in Padova, Italy
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

  • Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), dies at 68

About May 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 44 years and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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

Holidays: Labour Day (India)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Reunited - Peaches & Herb
  • UK #1 Song: Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel