What Happened in December 1979

Historical Events

  • 1st 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • 2nd Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
  • 2nd Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score a triple-double
  • 2nd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 3rd 11 trampled to death at Who concert in Cincinnati
  • 3rd 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 3rd Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
  • 3rd Iran accepts constitution
  • 3rd Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.
  • 4th Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • 5th Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • 9th Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 10th Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
  • 11th Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • 12th Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
  • 12th President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
  • 13th "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • 13th Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland
  • 13th Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel
  • 14th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 15th Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
  • 15th World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages
  • 16th 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 16th QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
  • 16th 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • 16th Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States
  • 17th Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
  • 18th Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

Film release premierFilm Release

19th "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

  • 21st Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • 21st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 21st New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
  • 23rd NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 23rd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 24th 1st Ariane rocket launched
  • 25th Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • 25th USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
  • 25th 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • 26th Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • 27th "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 27th Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • 27th Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown
  • 29th Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • 30th Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
  • 30th Togo adopts constitution
  • 31st Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Ryan Malone, American Hockey Player
  • 1st Angelique Bates, American Actress
  • 2nd Michael McIndoe, Scottish professional footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • 2nd Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress
  • 3rd Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
  • 3rd Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor
  • 3rd Rock Cartwright, American football player
  • 4th Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
  • 5th Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
  • 5th Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 5th Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • 5th Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • 5th Nick Stahl, American actor
  • 6th Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
  • 7th Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • 7th Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress
  • 7th Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
  • 7th Sara Bareilles, American singer
  • 7th Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
  • 8th Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
  • 8th Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
  • 8th Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 9th Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer
  • 9th Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer
  • 10th Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler
  • 11th Rider Strong, American actor, writer and director (Boy Meets World), born in San Francisco, California
  • 12th Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
  • 12th Nate Clements, American football player
  • 12th Sharin Foo, Danish singer and bassist
  • 13th Christina Todd, Miss Ohio Teen USA (Miss Congeniality-1997)
  • 14th Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model
  • 14th Michael Owen, English footballer
  • 15th Adam Brody, American actor
  • 15th Eric Young, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 16th Nicole Werra, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA (1996)
  • 16th Mihai Trăistariu, Romanian singer
  • 16th Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 16th Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • 17th Cheri Vivette Alexander, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1997)
  • 17th Ryan Key, American musician and songwriter (Yellowcard)
  • 17th Jaimee Foxworth, Belleville, Illinois, American actress (Judy Winslow-Family Matters) and porn star
  • 17th Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
  • 18th Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 19th Kevin Devine, American musician
  • 19th Paola Rey, Colombian actress
  • 20th David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • 20th Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
  • 21st Tuva Novotny, Swedish actress and singer
  • 23rd Summer Altice, American model and actress
  • 23rd Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
  • 23rd Holly Madison, American model
  • 23rd Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
  • 24th Chris Hero, American professional wrestler
  • 26th Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
  • 26th Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • 26th Chris Daughtry, American singer
  • 26th Mzbel, Ghanaian singer
  • 27th David Dunn, English footballer
  • 27th Carson Palmer, American football player
  • 28th James Blake, American tennis player
  • 28th Bill Hall, American baseball player
  • 28th Senna Guemmour, German Singer (Monrose)
  • 29th Laura Larson, Miss Maine Teen USA (1996)
  • 29th Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
  • 29th Ariel Schrag, American Cartoonist
  • 29th Diego Luna, Mexican actor
  • 30th Flávio, Angolan footballer
  • 31st Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance, Gerardolopoly)
  • 31st Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

HeartWedding of Interest

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 Deaths

  • 2nd Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • 3rd Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (b. 1905)
  • 4th Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • 5th Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies at 94
  • 7th Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
  • 7th Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • 7th Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • 7th Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • 9th Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • 10th Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • 10th Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • 11th Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 11th James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 13th Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • 14th Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • 15th Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • 21st Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • 22nd Darryl F Zanuck, film producer (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • 23rd Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • 24th Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • 24th Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • 25th Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 25th Lee Bowman, actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover), dies at 64
  • 25th Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • 27th Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
  • 30th Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77