On This Day

Historical Events in August 1979

  • Aug 1 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • Aug 1 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 "Gilda Radner: Live From New York" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 52 performances
  • Aug 2 Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB's Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million
  • Aug 2 MLB New York Mets purchase contract of outfielder José Cardenal from Philadelphia Phillies between games of a double-header between the two teams
  • Aug 3 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

PGA Championship

Aug 3 Sam Snead, at 67 years, 2 months and 7 days sets the record for the oldest player to make the cut in a major - PGA Championship at Oakland Hills CC

  • Aug 4 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • Aug 5 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario

Baseball Record

Aug 5 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single in a 5-2 home loss vs Pirates

  • Aug 5 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America

Hall of Fame

Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • Aug 5 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the 3rd playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • Aug 6 Marcus Hooper, 12, becomes then youngest person to swim English Channel

Execution

Aug 8 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

  • Aug 9 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • Aug 10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Aug 10 Wings release single "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Album Release

Aug 10 "Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)

  • Aug 11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 12 Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • Aug 13 Lou Brock, is 14th MLB player to get 3,000 hits
  • Aug 14 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • Aug 15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations

Film Release

Aug 15 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released (Palme d'Or 1979)

  • Aug 17 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Film Premiere

Aug 17 "Monty Python's Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman, Mickael Palin, & John Cleese, premieres in US theaters

Historic Event

Aug 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 19 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1, stays at top for 6 weeks
  • Aug 19 Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
  • Aug 20 India premier Charan Singh resigns
  • Aug 20 American singer Vikki Carr (39) weds businessman Michael Nilsson
  • Aug 20 The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 21 Russian Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC; joins the American Ballet Theatre, and works as a film actor
  • Aug 22 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • Aug 23 Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • Aug 23 UN's Vienna office opens

Film Release

Aug 24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

  • Aug 24 Rock band "The Cars" play concert at the Wollman Rink in NYC's Central Park
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 24 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • Aug 24 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • Aug 25 Somali adopts constitution

Television Premiere

Aug 25 TV series "Hart to Hart" starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers premieres in the US on ABC

  • Aug 27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle

Historic Event

Aug 27 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland

  • Aug 28 IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market
  • Aug 28 Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die
  • Aug 29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 29 Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • Aug 30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dominican Republic
  • Aug 30 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs

Sports History

Aug 30 Cricketer Ian Botham passes 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests in his 21st match for England

US Men's Tennis Open

Aug 30 In a wild encounter at the US Open, John McEnroe beats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Năstase is defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Sports History

Aug 31 In the battle of American teenage tennis prodigies, 16 year old Tracy Austin beats 14 year old Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 6-2 in the 2nd round at US Open

  • Aug 31 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Aug 31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador