On This Day

What Happened on November 17, 1979

Historical Events

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"Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Matthew Spring, English footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
1979 Highlights

About November 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 10 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

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