On This Day

What Happened on May 1, 1979

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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? 42 years, 5 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Labour Day (India)

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