What Happened on October 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to USA in Boston
  • RKO radio network begins operation
  • Shehu Shagari becomes first and only President of Nigeria's Second Republic
  • US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years

Famous Birthdays

  • Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
  • Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union footballer
  • Rudi Johnson, American football player

Famous Deaths

  • Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81