What Happened in December 1979

Historical Events

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings


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 Deaths

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