On This Day

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

  • 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