On This Day

What Happened on May 5, 1979

Historical Events

  • 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • Voyager 1 passes Jupiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Bodek Janke, Polish jazz drummers, percussionist, and tabla player, born in Warsaw Poland
  • Vincent Kartheiser, American actor (Mad Men), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

  • Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
1979 Highlights

About May 5, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 5 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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