What Happened on October 20, 1979

Historical Events

  • American John Tate beats local favourite Gerrie Coetzee by UD in 15 rounds in Pretoria, South Africa for vacant WBA heavyweight boxing title

Music History

Bob Dylan make his only appearance on "Saturday Night Live" performing three songs from his album Slow Train Coming: ‘When You Gonna Wake Up’, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ and ‘I Believe in You’'

Event of Interest

John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

1979 History

Famous Birthdays

John Krasinski (43 years old)

American actor, director and producer (The Office, A Quiet Place), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Nargis Fakhri, American actress (Rockstar), born in New York City
  • Paul Ifill, English footballer, born in Brighton, England
  • Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player and coach, born in Limerick, Ireland
Born in 1979

About October 20, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 11 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Rise - Herb Alpert
  • UK #1 Song: Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles