On This Day

What Happened on September 20, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday

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
  • 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

  • Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general and politician, dies at 83