What Happened in October 1979

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 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
  • Oct 7 30th Formula One WDC: Jody Scheckter wins by four points
  • Oct 8 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 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
  • Oct 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 26 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.
  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (National Day)
  • Oct 27 Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide
  • Oct 28 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • Oct 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • Oct 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Oct 30 NASA launches space vehicle S-203
  • Oct 30 Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

Famous Deaths

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