On This Day

What Happened on October 7, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • USSR performs underground nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor, born in Richmond, Canada
  • Simona Am├ónar, Romanian gymnast, born in Constan╚Ťa, Romania
  • Tang Wei, Chinese actress, born in Hangzhou, China