On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 1979

Historical Events

  • Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is the 1st Jew executed by the Islamic government firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew W.K., American musician
  • Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • Rosario Dawson, American actress

Famous Deaths

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
1979 Highlights

About May 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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