On This Day

What Happened on October 1, 1979

Historical Events

  • Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to the 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

  • Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican soccer defender (61 caps; Brescia), born in Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Rudi Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 2004; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Petersburg, Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
1979 Highlights

About October 1, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 1 month and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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