What Happened in 1979

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 804

  • Jan 1st International Year of the Child begins
  • Jan 1st Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • Jan 1st US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • Jan 1st 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1st 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • Jan 1st 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
  • Jan 2nd 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • Jan 2nd Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)

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Jan 2nd Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious

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Jan 3rd 67th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Marks (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 3rd 67th Women's Australian Open: Christine O'Neil beats Betsy Nagelsen (6-3, 7-6)
  • Jan 6th 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
  • Jan 7th Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • Jan 7th AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 34-5
  • Jan 7th NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 28-0
  • Jan 8th 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • Jan 8th Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • Jan 8th Today Show gets a new theme song
  • Jan 8th Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
  • Jan 9th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • Jan 9th High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws

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Jan 9th K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Jan 9th Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

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Jan 9th Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 10th 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • Jan 10th Entertainer of the Year Awards
  • Jan 10th The Sun paper headline is 'Crisis? What Crisis?' as UK Prime Minister James Callaghan denies that the country is in chaos during the 'Winter of Discontent' strike wave
  • Jan 11th "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12th 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 12th LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • Jan 12th Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
  • Jan 13th Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • Jan 13th YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song

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Jan 14th US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jan 16th Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jan 16th Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran will preside until unrest in the country subsides
  • Jan 17th NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • Jan 17th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jan 18th Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon
  • Jan 19th John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison

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Jan 20th 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jan 21st Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • Jan 21st Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • Jan 21st Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 22nd 10,000s UK public sector workers go on strike

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23rd Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 25th 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

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Jan 25th Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 25th 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
  • Jan 26th "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS
  • Jan 26th Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 27th 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Jan 27th Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • Jan 28th "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • Jan 28th Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28th Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
  • Jan 29th Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"

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Jan 29th Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jan 29th Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • Jan 29th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7
  • Jan 29th US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
  • Jan 30th Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
  • Jan 30th Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
  • Feb 1st Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Feb 1st Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • Feb 1st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3rd "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • Feb 3rd Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
  • Feb 3rd US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 3rd US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 4th "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • Feb 4th End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • Feb 4th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • Feb 4th 29th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-129 at Pontiac, Michigan
  • Feb 5th Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Feb 5th Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • Feb 6th Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
  • Feb 7th "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • Feb 7th Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria
  • Feb 7th Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • Feb 7th Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
  • Feb 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8th Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • Feb 9th 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9th ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • Feb 9th Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • Feb 9th Nigeria amends constitution
  • Feb 9th UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • Feb 9th New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"

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Feb 10th "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 10th Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed
  • Feb 11th "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 11th 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • Feb 11th Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
  • Feb 11th Musical "They're Playing Our Song" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12th Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • Feb 12th Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
  • Feb 13th Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
  • Feb 13th Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 844

  • Jan 1st Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • Jan 1st Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • Jan 2nd Jonathan Greening, British footballer
  • Jan 2nd Suranne Jones, British actress
  • Jan 3rd Francesco Bellissimo, Italian mangaka
  • Jan 4th Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
  • Jan 4th Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used)
  • Jan 5th Sarah Price, Miss Louisiana Teen USA (1997)
  • Jan 5th Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • Jan 7th Bipasha Basu, Indian model
  • Jan 7th Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress and model
  • Jan 7th Ryan Tedder, American singer
  • Jan 8th Sarah Polley, actress (Sweet Hereafter)
  • Jan 8th Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • Jan 8th Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer
  • Jan 8th Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 8th Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • Jan 9th Lavinia Magruder, Miss Vermont Teen USA (1996)
  • Jan 9th Tomiko Van, Japanese singer
  • Jan 10th Chris H E Smith, [Daddy Mack], rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 11th Darren Lynn Bousman, American film director
  • Jan 11th Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
  • Jan 12th Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • Jan 12th Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • Jan 13th Jill Wagner, American Actor
  • Jan 14th John Reuben, American hip hop artist
  • Jan 14th Karen Elson, British supermodel
  • Jan 14th Angela Lindvall, American supermodel
  • Jan 15th Drew Brees, American football player
  • Jan 15th Young Dro, American rapper
  • Jan 15th Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
  • Jan 15th Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jan 16th Aaliyah, American singer (d. 2001)
  • Jan 16th Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 16th Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 16th Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)
  • Jan 18th Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 18th Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer
  • Jan 18th Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 18th Kenyatta Jones, American football player
  • Jan 19th Josu Sarriegi, Spanish/Basque footballer
  • Jan 19th Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast
  • Jan 19th Wiley, English Rapper (Grime)
  • Jan 20th Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • Jan 20th Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol of 20th Century
  • Jan 20th Will Young, British singer
  • Jan 21st Kelly Gaudet, Miss Florida Teen USA (1996)
  • Jan 21st Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • Jan 21st Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit
  • Jan 21st Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 22nd Melanie Winiger, Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)
  • Jan 23rd Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Jan 23rd Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • Jan 23rd Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 24th Tatyana M Ali, actress (Sesame St, Fresh Prince of Bel Air), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 25th Christine Lakin, American actress (Step by Step), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 25th Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 25th Pi Hongyan, French badminton player
  • Jan 25th Gabe Jennings, American distance runner
  • Jan 26th Sara Rue, American actress
  • Jan 27th Jessica Lynn Ferdinand, Miss New York Teen USA (1997)
  • Jan 27th Rosamund Pike, British actress
  • Jan 27th Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • Jan 27th Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • Jan 28th Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
  • Jan 29th Andrew Keegan, actor (Step by Step, Party of Five)
  • Jan 29th April Scott, American actress and model
  • Jan 29th Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
  • Jan 30th Diva Zappa, daughter of Frank
  • Jan 30th Karen Smith, Australian field hockey midfielder/halfback (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 31st Daniel Tammet, British autistic savant
  • Feb 1st Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 1st Julie Augustyniak, American soccer player
  • Feb 1st Valentin Elizalde, Mexican Singer (d.2006)
  • Feb 1st Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • Feb 2nd Brandee Dawn McCoskey, Miss Alaska Teen USA (1996)
  • Feb 2nd Lindsay Langston, Modesto California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 2nd Petra Cada, Prague Czech, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 2nd Fani Halkia, Greek hurdler
  • Feb 2nd Irini Terzoglou, Greek shot putter
  • Feb 2nd Shamita Shetty, Indian actress
  • Feb 4th Andrei Arlovski, Russian mixed martial artist
  • Feb 4th Giorgio Pantano, Italian racing car driver
  • Feb 6th Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer and former member of the band O-Zone
  • Feb 7th Cerina Vincent, Miss Nevada Teen USA (1996)
  • Feb 7th Jon Leicester, American baseball player
  • Feb 8th Tara Tucker, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1997)
  • Feb 8th Aaron Cook, American baseball player
  • Feb 8th Josh Keaton, American actor and singer
  • Feb 9th David Gray, English snooker player
  • Feb 9th Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball pitcher
  • Feb 9th Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress
  • Feb 10th Daryl Palumbo, American musician
  • Feb 10th Ross Powers, American snowboarder
  • Feb 11th Brandy [Norwood], singer (Les Miserables, Moisha)
  • Feb 12th Antonio Chatman, National Football League runningback
  • Feb 12th Matt Mauck, American football player
  • Feb 12th Jesse Spencer, Australian actor
  • Feb 13th Julie Nagle, Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • Feb 13th Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1st Film director John Carpenter (30) weds actress Adrienne Barbeau (33)

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24th NBA player Bill Walton (26) weds Susan Guth

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17th Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 26th Comedic actor Bob Denver (44) weds fourth wife Dreama Peery

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6th Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7th Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28th Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12th US Senator Edward W Brooke (59) weds second wife Anne Lee Fleming

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19th Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5th Blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Jul 8th Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly
  • Aug 18th Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 9th Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 29th Actress Isabella Rossellini (27) weds director Martin Scorsese (36)

Actress Isabella Rossellini
Actress
Isabella Rossellini
Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 16th MLB outfielder Tim Raines (20) weds his high school sweetheart Virginia Hilton

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 24th Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4th Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23rd Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 26th Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3rd Professional boxer George Foreman (30) divorces Cynthia Lewis after more than a year of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 310

  • Jan 3rd Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • Jan 5th Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7th Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 9th Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9th Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • Jan 9th Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • Jan 11th Jack Soo, actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
  • Jan 13th Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • Jan 13th Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • Jan 14th Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • Jan 16th Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71

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Jan 16th Ted Cassidy, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • Jan 16th August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)
  • Jan 18th Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 19th Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • Jan 20th Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 22nd Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • Jan 24th Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • Jan 24th Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • Jan 25th J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • Jan 26th Nelson Rockefeller, former VP & (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70
  • Jan 27th Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
  • Jan 28th Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • Feb 1st Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • Feb 2nd Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide

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Feb 2nd Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 3rd Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • Feb 5th Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 6th Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6th Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7th Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8th Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • Feb 9th C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 9th Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12th Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 13th Jean Renoir, actor/director (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 14th Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15th Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 15th Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Teheran, executed
  • Feb 16th Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • Feb 16th Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 16th William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
  • Feb 17th William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • Feb 21st Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Feb 21st Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Feb 23rd W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • Feb 28th Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
  • Feb 28th Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28th Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • Mar 1st Dolores Costello, actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
  • Mar 1st Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • Mar 2nd Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • Mar 2nd Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • Mar 2nd Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4th Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 5th Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 6th Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • Mar 7th Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7th Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 9th Barbara Mullen, actress (Talk of a Million), dies at 64
  • Mar 11th Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • Mar 16th Jean Monnet, French economist/CEO (ECSC), dies at 90
  • Mar 17th Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • Mar 19th Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video), dies at 65
  • Mar 19th Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • Mar 22nd Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • Mar 22nd Ben Lyon, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Indiscreet), dies at 78
  • Mar 23rd Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • Mar 23rd Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24th Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • Mar 25th Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 26th Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • Mar 27th Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • Mar 28th Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • Mar 29th Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
  • Mar 30th Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • Apr 1st Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • Apr 1st Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 2nd Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • Apr 2nd Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Apr 4th Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • Apr 4th Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5th Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 6th M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • Apr 6th Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 7th Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9th Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • Apr 10th Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10th Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • Apr 20th Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23rd Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 24th John Carroll, actor (Hired Wife, Fiesta, Geraldine), dies at 72
  • Apr 28th Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29th Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • Apr 29th Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
  • May 1st Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • May 2nd Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 3rd Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5th Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 8th Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76