On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1979

Historical Events

  • 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • American rock singer-songwriter Tom Petty files for chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Josh Cooley, American animator, screenwriter (Inside Out), and Academy Award-winning director (Toy Story 4), born in Berkeley, California
  • Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • Rasual Butler, American basketball player

Famous Deaths

  • Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), dies at 79
1979 Highlights

About May 23, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 6 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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