Death of Grover Washington, Jr., American jazz-funk saxophonist
The Simpsons premiered on the Fox network in the USA
Davina Thompson had the world's first heart, lung and liver transplant, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
A car bomb exploded near Harrods department store, London, killing three police officers and three members of the public.
OPEC announced a 14.5% rise in oil prices by the end of 1979 .
The US Air Force closed Project Blue Book, concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrials in the thousands of UFO sightings they had investigated. (701 of the 12,618 sightings still remained unidentified)
Mary Bell, aged 11, was sentenced to life in detention for killing two small boys, Newcastle, UK.
Death of King Léopold II of Belgium, succeeded by his nephew Albert I
Birth of Willard Frank Libby, American physical chemist who developed radiocarbon dating, Nobel Prize winner.
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin died 1907 (born 1824). Physicist who devised the Kelvin absolute scale for temperature. He worked on electrical and thermodynamic analysis, acted as a consultant on the laying of a transatlantic telegraph cable, and detected g
Henry VIII ex-communicated