On This Day

What Happened on September 5, 1979

Historical Events


Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • 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? 40 years, 11 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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