What Happened in 1979

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 802

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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 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 9 Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 10 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • Jan 10 Entertainer of the Year Awards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 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

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Jan 11 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 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 21 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • Jan 21 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • Jan 21 Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 22 10,000s UK public sector workers go on strike

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 844

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 24 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 17 Actor Kurt Russell (28) weds actress Season Hubley (28)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 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 12 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 19 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 5 Blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 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 26 Actor Max Von Sydow (49) divorces actress Christina Olin after 28 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Jean Renoir, actor/director (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 16 William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
  • Feb 17 William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • Mar 1 Dolores Costello, actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
  • Mar 1 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • Mar 2 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 5 Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 9 Barbara Mullen, actress (Talk of a Million), dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Jean Monnet, French economist/CEO (ECSC), dies at 90
  • Mar 17 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • Mar 19 Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • Mar 20 Mino Pecorelli, Italian journalist, shot dead in Rome at 50
  • Mar 22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • Mar 22 Ben Lyon, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Indiscreet), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 26 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • Mar 27 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • Apr 1 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 2 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Apr 4 Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • Apr 4 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 6 M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 24 John Carroll, actor (Hired Wife, Fiesta, Geraldine), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
  • May 1 Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • May 2 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68