On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1979

Historical Events

Historic CommunicationWhite Night Riots

Dan White convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay councilor Harvey Milk. The conviction on a lesser charge outraged the gay community and led to the White Night riots.

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Rioters outside San Francisco City Hall on the night of May 21, 1979
Rioters outside San Francisco City Hall on the night of May 21, 1979
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  • National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: 4 consecutive titles for Montreal Canadiens; beat NY Rangers, 4-1 for a 4 games to 1 series win

Famous Birthdays

  • Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian Mexican footballer, born in Morón, Argentina
  • Fayçal Salhi, French-Algerian jazz guitarist and oud player, born in Khenchela, Algeria
  • Gaspard Augé, French musician (Justice)
  • James Clancy Phelan, Australian novelist, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jamie Hepburn, Scottish politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter, born in Reno, Nevada

Famous Deaths

  • Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
1979 Highlights

About May 21, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Victoria Day (Canada)

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