On This Day

What Happened on September 20, 1979

Historical Events

  • Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Coup in Central African Republic as David Dacko overthrows Emperor Bokassa I

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation
  • NASA launches HEAO 3
  • The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).

Famous Birthdays

  • Sean Davis, English footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), dies at 83
1979 Highlights

About September 20, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 2 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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