On This Day

What Happened on May 25, 1979

Historical Events

Film Release

"Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

  • American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4

Famous Birthdays

  • Carlos Bocanegra, American sports executive and footballer, born in Alta Loma, California
  • Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London

Famous Deaths

  • John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
1979 Highlights

About May 25, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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