What Happened on November 17, 1979

Historical Events

Television Premiere

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

Event of Interest

Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

  • 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
1979 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Matthew Spring, English footballer
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

  • Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • John Glascock, British bass guitarist and singer (Carmen, 1972-75; Jethro Tull, 1976-79 - "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die"), dies of congenital heart valve defect at 28

About November 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 4 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Still - Commodores
  • UK #1 Song: When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook