On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1979

Historical Events

  • "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • Marcela Bovio, Mexican heavy metal singer and violinist (Stream of Passion; MaYans), born in Monterrey, Mexico

Famous Deaths

  • John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
1979 Highlights

About October 17, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 3 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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