On This Day

What Happened on May 29, 1979

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl" role, in which Anderson's title character leaves her North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents' divorce
  • Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Arne Friedrich, German soccer defender, coach (Germany 82 caps, Hertha BSC), born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • Brian Kendrick, American pro wrestler (WWE cruiserweight tag team champion), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Casey Sheehan, American soldier; son of Cindy Sheehan (d. 2004)

Famous Deaths

  • John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)

Person of interestMary Pickford

Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford