What Happened in February 1979

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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 president 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
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 10 Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed
  • Feb 11 Musical "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 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
  • Feb 14 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 14 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • Feb 15 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • Feb 15 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk
  • Feb 17 China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • Feb 17 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Feb 18 -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • Feb 18 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 18 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 18 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • Feb 18 Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Feb 18 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Feb 20 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Feb 20 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • Feb 20 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • Feb 21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • Feb 22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • Feb 22 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
  • Feb 22 St Lucia gains independence from Britain
  • Feb 23 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
  • Feb 23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
  • Feb 24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • Feb 24 War between North & South Yemen begins
  • Feb 25 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • Feb 26 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • Feb 26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS
  • Feb 28 Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • 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, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 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
  • Feb 13 Mena Suvari, American actress
  • Feb 14 Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer
  • Feb 15 Kaj-Erik Eriksen, actor (Quarantine)
  • Feb 15 Gordon Shedden, Scottish Race Car Driver
  • Feb 15 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • Feb 15 Josh Low, English footballer
  • Feb 16 Emma Louise DeSilets, Miss Washington Teen USA (1997)
  • Feb 16 Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Feb 16 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • Feb 17 Josh Willingham, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Julia Greville, Perth Australia, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 19 Mariska, Finnish rapper
  • Feb 19 Clinton Morrison, Irish footballer
  • Feb 19 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • Feb 19 Steve Cherundolo, American soccer player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five), born in Waco, Texas

  • Feb 21 Pascal Chimbonda, French footballer
  • Feb 21 Carly "Carlito" Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • Feb 21 Lonnie Ford, American football player
  • Feb 22 David Lopez, actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 22 Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
  • Feb 22 Lee Na-young, South Korean actress
  • Feb 23 D-Roc, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • Feb 24 Jesse Billauer, American quadriplegic surfer
  • Feb 25 Jennifer Ferrin, American actress
  • Feb 25 David Hoflin, Swedish-born Australian Actor
  • Feb 26 Mariano Bainotti, Argentine racing driver
  • Feb 26 Pedro Mendes, Portuguese footballer
  • Feb 26 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
  • Feb 26 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer/actor
  • Feb 28 Virginia Ledgerwood, Chester Va, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 28 Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
  • Feb 28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
  • Feb 28 Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
  • Feb 28 Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player

Famous Weddings


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

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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


Famous Deaths

  • 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], English bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
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)