On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1979

Historical Events

Music Awards

13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Al Dubin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 1208 performances

Famous Birthdays

  • (Gregori) Chad Petree, American indie-rock singer-songwriter (Shiny Toy Guns - "You Are The One"), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Kristanna Loken, American actress (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), born in Ghent, New York
  • Paul Burchill, English professional wrestler, born in Guildford, England

Famous Deaths

  • June Nash, American actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
1979 Highlights

About October 8, 1979

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Columbus Day (United States), Thanksgiving (Canada)

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