What Happened in 1979

Significant Events

  • Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Apr 11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya
  • May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in the Gulf of Mexico blows, spilling 3 million barrels of oil in one of the worst oil spills in history
  • Aug 27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • Nov 5 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"
  • Dec 27 Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, President Hafizullah Amin overthrown
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World Leaders in 1979

Famous People in 1979

Would You Believe?

The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

On January 6, 1979

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Feb 26 Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage
  • Aug 3 Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage
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