What Happened in 1979

Significant Events

  • Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Apr 11 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala
  • May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled in one of world's worst oil spills
  • 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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Did You Know?

1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs)

On August 30, 1979

World Leaders in 1979

Famous People in 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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