On This Day

What Happened on May 24, 1979

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
1979 Highlights

About May 24, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 2 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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