On This Day

What Happened on November 8, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer, born in Cookstown, Northern Ireland
  • Dania Ramírez, Dominican-American television and film actress, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Famous Deaths

  • Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle, dies at 79