On This Day

What Happened on September 21, 1979

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots eject safely, but three people killed and several injured when one of the aircraft destroys 3 dwellings

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestChris Gayle

Chris Gayle, Jamaican West Indies cricketer (1999-) and fastest century maker in history, born in Kingston, Jamaica

Cricketer Chris Gayle
Cricketer
Chris Gayle
  • Jaymee Ong, Chinese-Australian model
  • Julian Gray, English footballer
  • Richard Dunne, Irish soccer defender (80 caps, Republic of Ireland; Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, QPR) and broadcaster (BT Sport), born in Dublin, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
1979 Highlights

About September 21, 1979

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 2 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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