On This Day

What Happened on September 9, 1979

Historical Events

  • 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • British film "The Bitch" starring Joan Collins, a sequel to "The Stud", both based on novels by her sister Jackie Collins, premieres in UK
  • South African Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; first RSA champion

US Men's Tennis Open

US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3


Famous Weddings

Cat Stevens

British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) (31) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque, in London

Famous Deaths

  • Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, and musicologist, dies at 73
  • Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", dies of emphysema at 56
1979 Highlights

About September 9, 1979

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 4 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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