What Happened on October 26, 1979

Historical Events

  • Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.

Famous Birthdays

  • Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, born in Argun, Chechen–Ingush ASSR, Soviet Union (d. 2002)
Born in 1979

Famous Deaths

  • Park Chung-hee, South Korean general and President (1963-79), assassinated by the director of the Korean Intelligence Agency at 61
1979 Highlights

About October 26, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 7 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Rise - Herb Alpert
  • UK #1 Song: One Day At A Time - Lena Martell