On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1979

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Easter, American actor
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), dies at 68
1979 Highlights

About May 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 5 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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