What Happened on September 5, 1979

Historical Events

US Men's Tennis Open

American Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve and upsets top-seed Björn Borg 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the US Open Tennis quarterfinals

  • Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale

Historic Event

Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey

  • Iranian army occupies Piranshahr
  • Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)

Famous Birthdays

  • George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • John Carew, Norwegian soccer forward (91 caps; Valencia, Aston Villa), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster, born in Collingwood, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • Alberto di Jorio, Italian Cardinal and former head of the Vatican Bank, dies at 95
1979 Highlights

About September 5, 1979

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 3 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: My Sharona - The Knack
  • UK #1 Song: We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard