On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1979

Historical Events

  • "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances

Sports History

Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4-1 at Memorial Stadium for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Pirates 1B Willie Stargell

  • D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

Nobel Prize

Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Historic Event

US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

Famous Birthdays

Kimi Räikkönen

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

  • 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 pianist, composer, and Theresienstadt concentration camp survivor, 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? 42 years, 3 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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