What Happened on May 21, 1979

Historical Events

White 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.

  • 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
1979 History

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 electronic-rock musician (Justice), born in Besançon, France
  • 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
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

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

About May 21, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 10 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Victoria Day (Canada)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Reunited - Peaches & Herb
  • UK #1 Song: Sunday Girl - Blondie