See also People that died at the age of 79
- 20-November-1993 : Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his dealings with savingssavingsandandloan executive Charles Keating.
- 23-November-1979 : In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.
- 08-April-1974 : Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth's home run record, by hitting his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
- 23-December-1966 : ''How the Grinch Stole Christmas'', narrated by Boris Karloff, is shown for the first time on CBS, becoming an annual Christmas tradition.
- 15-February-1950 : Juho Kusti Paasikivi is rereelected president of Finland.
- 04-August-1940 : Gen. John J. Pershing, in a nationwide radio broadcast, urges allallout aid to Britain in order to defend the Americas, while Charles Lindbergh speaks to an isolationist rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
- 10-March-1937 : The Encyclical ''Mit brennender Sorge'' of Pope Pius XI is published in Nazi Germany.
- 19-April-1932 : German art dealer Otto Wacker is sentenced to 19 months in prison for selling fraudulent paintings he attributed to Vincent van Gogh.
- 11-May-1924 : ''Mercedes-Benz'' is formed by the merging companies owned by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz.
- 19-January-1829 : Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's ''Faust'' premieres.