What Happened in October 1979

Historical Events

  • 1st Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • 1st Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to USA in Boston
  • 1st RKO radio network begins operation
  • 1st US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years

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2nd Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 4th Hugh Leonards "Life," premieres in Dublin
  • 4th USSR performs nuclear test
  • 5th MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 0
  • 6th Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"
  • 6th Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House in Washington, D.C.
  • 6th MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • 7th "1940's Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • 7th "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • 7th Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • 7th Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 7th USSR performs underground nuclear test

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7th Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 7th 30th Formula One WDC: Jody Scheckter wins by four points
  • 8th "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

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8th 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 8th J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" premieres in NYC
  • 9th Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn
  • 10th Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 10th Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game
  • 10th Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
  • 10th Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC
  • 11th "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 11th German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner
  • 11th Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan
  • 12th Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • 12th The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
  • 14th 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
  • 14th Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 14th Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3

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14th NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 14th 1st Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. by over 100,000 people

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14th NBC premiere of U.S. TV adaptation of Helen Keller's life story "The Miracle Worker"

Author Helen Keller
Helen Keller
  • 15th 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
  • 15th Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
  • 15th Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees

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15th NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 17th "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • 17th D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

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17th Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 17th Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series

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17th US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 18th "Beatlemania" opens in London

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18th Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 18th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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20th Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

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20th John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 20th John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 21st 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • 21st 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • 21st Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • 21st Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns
  • 21st Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 22nd "One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC
  • 22nd Deposed Shah of Iran arrives in NYC for medical treatment
  • 22nd Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
  • 23rd Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
  • 24th Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy

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24th Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 25th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 26th Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
  • 27th Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • 27th St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (National Day)
  • 27th Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide
  • 28th Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • 28th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 29th Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • 29th Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • 30th NASA launches space vehicle S-203
  • 30th Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 31st Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 31st US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1st Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
  • 1st Rudi Johnson, American football player
  • 1st Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union footballer
  • 2nd Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer
  • 2nd Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
  • 2nd Maja Ivarsson, lead singer, The Sounds
  • 3rd John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
  • 3rd Daniel Hollie, American professional wrestler
  • 4th Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
  • 4th Stefan Booth, British actor
  • 4th Bjorn Phau, German tennis player
  • 5th Jaime Chambers, American television reporter
  • 5th Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 5th Vincenzo Grella, Australian soccer player
  • 5th Yao Chen, Chinese actress and Sina Weibo personality, born in Shishi City, Quanzhourn
  • 6th David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • 6th Richard Seymour, American football player
  • 6th Lex Shrapnel, English actor
  • 7th Simona Amânar, Romanian gymnast
  • 7th Aaron Ashmore, Canadian actor
  • 7th Shawn Ashmore, Canadian actor
  • 7th Tang Wei, Chinese actress
  • 8th [Gregory] Chad Petree, Shawne Oklahoma, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See)
  • 8th Kristanna Loken, American actress
  • 8th Paul Burchill, English professional wrestler
  • 9th Ashley Anderson, Miss Delaware Teen USA (1996)
  • 9th Lydia Jane Lipscombe, breastroker (Olympics-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 9th Gonzalo Sorondo, Uruguayan footballer
  • 9th Brandon Routh, American actor
  • 9th Alex Greenwald, American musician(Phantom Planet), actor, model
  • 9th Todd Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 10th Mya Harrison, American singer
  • 10th Nicolás Massú, Chilean tennis player
  • 10th Wu Chun, Brunei born Taiwanese actor
  • 10th Ahn Chil Hyun (Kangta), lead singer of the former South Korean group H.O.T.
  • 11th Bae Doona, South Korean model and actress
  • 11th Andy Douglas, American professional wrestler
  • 11th Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan-born American musician (Cobra Starship, Midtown)
  • 12th Jordan Pundik, American singer (New Found Glory)
  • 13th Wes Brown, English footballer
  • 14th Coty Strickler, Miss Montana Teen USA (1997)
  • 14th Stacy Keibler, American actress / ex-professional wrestler
  • 15th Mahana Ka'ahumanu Walters, Miss Hawaii Teen USA (3rd-1997)
  • 15th Paul Robinson, English football player
  • 15th Māris Verpakovskis, Latvian football player
  • 15th Blue Adams, American Football Player
  • 17th Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
  • 17th Marcela Bovio, Mexican singer and violinist (Stream of Passion)
  • 17th Kostas Tsartsaris, Greek basketball player
  • 18th Ne-Yo [Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr], Camden, Arkansas, American pop and R&B singer and songwriter
  • 19th Randy Spelling, (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 19th Brian Robertson, American trombonist
  • 19th José Luis "Parejita" López, Mexican footballer
  • 20th Paul Ifill, Barbadian footballer
  • 20th John Krasinski, American actor
  • 20th Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby player
  • 21st Khalil Greene, American baseball player
  • 21st Gabe Gross, American baseball player
  • 22nd Eve Chalom, dance skater (& Gates--1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 23rd Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
  • 23rd Jorge Solís, Mexican professional boxer
  • 24th Amanda Aardsma, Miss Colorado Teen USA (1997)
  • 24th Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • 25th Milena Roucka, Canadian former model current professional wrestler of Czech and Costa Rican descent.
  • 25th Rob Hulse, English footballer
  • 25th Sarah Thompson, American actress
  • 25th Tony Torcato, American baseball player
  • 26th Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (d. 2002)
  • 27th Melanie Vallejo, Australian TV actress
  • 28th Aki Hakala, Finnish drummer (The Rasmus)
  • 28th Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
  • 29th Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
  • 30th Jason Bartlett, American baseball player
  • 30th Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress
  • 31st Simão Sabrosa, Portuguese footballer
  • 31st Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican Footballer
  • 31st Saaphyri Windsor, American reality TV figure

Famous Weddings

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

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • 3rd Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
  • 3rd Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969), dies in car crash at 29
  • 4th Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • 5th Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • 6th Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • 8th June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • 10th Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
  • 10th Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • 12th Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 13th Clarence Muse, actor (Sam-Casablanca), dies at 90
  • 13th Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • 16th Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • 17th John Stuart, actor (Number 17), dies at 81
  • 17th Karel Reiner, composer, dies at 69
  • 17th S J Perelman, US humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • 22nd Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • 22nd Nadia Boulanger, French composer and composition teacher (b. 1887)
  • 26th Jackie Grant, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies
  • 26th Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • 30th Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • 30th Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)