On This Day

What Happened on October 6, 1979

Historical Events

  • Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"
  • MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1

Papal Visit

Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.


Famous Birthdays

  • David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • Lex Shrapnel, English actor
  • Richard Seymour, American football player

Famous Deaths

  • Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
1979 Highlights

About October 6, 1979

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 2 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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