What Happened in June 1979

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 1 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • Jun 1 Ted Coombs began a 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 1 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Jun 1 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill

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Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 2 NASA launches space vehicle S-198

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Jun 2 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Jun 3 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 3 33rd Tony Awards: Elephant Man & Sweeny Todd win
  • Jun 3 Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled in one of world's worst oil spills
  • Jun 3 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Jun 4 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • Jun 4 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

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Jun 4 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • Jun 5 Seychelles adopts constitution
  • Jun 6 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • Jun 6 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • Jun 6 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • Jun 7 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
  • Jun 7 Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched
  • Jun 7 Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns
  • Jun 7 Rocker Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • Jun 8 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • Jun 8 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st & last time
  • Jun 9 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 10 Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve)
  • Jun 11 Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 78th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Victor Pecci (6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 78th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (6-2, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jun 12 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185'
  • Jun 12 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston
  • Jun 12 Sanista occupies parts of Managua

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Jun 12 Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Jun 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 13 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD
  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs
  • Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record
  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

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Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Jun 17 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • Jun 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon
  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jun 18 US President Carter & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty limiting nuclear wepons

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • Jun 19 Mali's constitution goes into effect
  • Jun 21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
  • Jun 22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • Jun 23 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • Jun 23 Rock group the Knack releases "My Sharona"
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 24 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 25 Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver
  • Jun 26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

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Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 27 Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities
  • Jun 28 OPEC raises oil prices 24%
  • Jun 29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 30 Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American football player
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 5 Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
  • Jun 5 David Bisbal, Spanish singer
  • Jun 5 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 6 Summer Newman, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1996)
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 8 Derek Trucks, American guitarist
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 10 Konstantinos Loumpoutis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 10 Jake Tsakalidis, Georgian-Greek basketball player
  • Jun 12 Wil Horneff, actor (Ghost in the Machine, Sandlot), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football player
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Alita Dawson, Miss Connecticut Teen USA (1997)
  • Jun 15 Julia Schultz, playmate (Feb, 1998), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • Jun 19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 John Ford, American software engineer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, Anchorage Alaska, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ)
  • Jun 20 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, Professional Golfer
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 20 Lani Billard, Canadian actress
  • Jun 21 Chris Pratt, American actor
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 24 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • Jun 24 Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model
  • Jun 24 Mindy Kaling, American actress and TV producer (The Office, The Mindy Project), born in Cambridge Massachusetts
  • Jun 25 Brandi Lynn Burkhardt, Miss Maryland Teen USA (1997)
  • Jun 25 Kelli Jones, Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1997)
  • Jun 25 Katie Doyle, American actress and reality television star
  • Jun 25 Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Jun 25 Busy Philipps, American actress
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 26 Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
  • Jun 26 Wálter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
  • Jun 26 Andy O'Brien, English footballer
  • Jun 27 John Warne, American musician (Relient K; Ace Troubleshooter)
  • Jun 27 Kim Gyu-ri, South Korean actress
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer
  • Jun 28 Florian Zeller, French novelist and playwright
  • Jun 28 Ha Ji-won, South Korean actress and singer
  • Jun 28 Randy McMichael, American football player
  • Jun 29 Abs Breen, English singer
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • Jun 29 Matthew Bode, Australian Rules football player
  • Jun 29 Barış Akarsu, Turkish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • Jun 30 Rick Gonzalez, Hispanic-American actor
  • Jun 30 Travis Minor, National Football League Runningback

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, actor (Buck Rogers, Held for Ransom), dies at 91
  • Jun 1 Werner Forssman, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53

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Jun 6 Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley
  • Jun 7 Forrest Carter, American author (b. 1925)
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor/director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

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Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72