On This Day

What Happened on September 27, 1979

Historical Events

Music History

Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Amphitheater

  • US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Jones, Australian racing driver
  • Jon Garland, American baseball player
  • Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Zita Görög, Hungarian actress and model

Famous Deaths

  • Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
1979 Highlights

About September 27, 1979

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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