What Happened in 1979 (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 802

  • Jun 30 Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury
  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman.
  • Jul 2 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman
  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 86th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 93rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats R Tanner (67 61 36 63 64)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 Congo adopts constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • Jul 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)
  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates
  • Jul 12 Ian Palce joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 George Harrison releases "Faster"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston
  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris, becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Wash

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 21 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • Jul 22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, TX (national record)
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 29 7th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Amy Alcott
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Aug 1 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • Aug 1 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • Aug 3 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 5 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • Aug 5 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 5 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 6 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • Aug 6 Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel
  • Aug 8 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • Aug 9 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • Aug 10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Aug 10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"
  • Aug 11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 12 Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • Aug 12 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 13 Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • Aug 14 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • Aug 15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 15 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released

  • Aug 17 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 19 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • Aug 19 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • Aug 19 Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
  • Aug 20 India premier Charan Singh resigns
  • Aug 20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • Aug 20 The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 22 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • Aug 23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • Aug 23 Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • Aug 23 UN's Vienna office opens

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 844

  • 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
  • Jul 1 Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist
  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
  • Jul 2 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Lauren Alviti, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 Ludivine Sagnier, French actress
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jul 5 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
  • Jul 6 Nicolas Daniel Maricio, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jul 6 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 6 Kevin Hart, American comedian ("Laugh at My Pain"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart
  • Jul 7 America Martin, model (Not macaroni & cheese, cheese & macaroni)
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • Jul 9 Ella Koon, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Jul 9 Suzanne Stokes American model, (Playmate of the Month February 2000)
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer
  • Jul 12 Nikos Barlos, Greek basketball player
  • Jul 13 Craig Bellamy, Welsh footballer
  • Jul 14 Bernie Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • Jul 15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • Jul 15 Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 16 Kim Rhode, American double trap and skeet shooter (Olympic Gold: 1996, 2004 & 2012), born in Whittier, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • Jul 16 Jayma Mays, American actress
  • Jul 16 Chris Mihm, American basketball player
  • Jul 17 Mike Vogel, American actor (Under the Dome), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 18 Julie Gulbrandsen, Miss Arizona Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 18 Rick Baxter, American politician
  • Jul 18 Jared Hess, American film director and screenwriter
  • Jul 18 Deion Branch, American football player
  • Jul 18 Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 18 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • Jul 19 Luke Young, English footballer
  • Jul 19 Rick Ankiel, Baseball pitcher/ outfielder
  • Jul 19 Dilhara Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Jul 20 Claudine Barretto, Filipino actress
  • Jul 20 Miklos Feher, Hungarian football player (d. 2004)
  • Jul 20 David Ortega, Spanish freestyle and backstroke swimmer
  • Jul 21 David Carr, American football player
  • Jul 21 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
  • Jul 22 Lucas Luhr, German racing driver
  • Jul 22 Yadel Martí, Cuban baseball player
  • Jul 22 James Mason, British professional wrestler
  • Jul 23 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican professional wrestler
  • Jul 23 Richard Sims, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Jul 24 Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
  • Jul 24 Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • Jul 24 Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
  • Jul 24 Stat Quo, American rapper
  • Jul 24 Anne-Gaëlle Sidot, French tennis player
  • Jul 24 José Valverde, American baseball player
  • Jul 25 Amy Adams, American singer
  • Jul 25 Allister Carter, English professional snooker player
  • Jul 26 Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 26 Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • Jul 26 Erik Westrum, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 27 Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer
  • Jul 27 Shannon Moore, American wrestler
  • Jul 28 Kimberly Whiting, Miss Idaho Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 28 Henrik Hansen, Danish footballer
  • Jul 28 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Jul 28 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer
  • Jul 29 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • Jul 29 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • Jul 30 Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish golfer
  • Jul 30 Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player
  • Jul 31 Per Krøldrup, Danish footballer
  • Jul 31 Carlos Marchena, Spanish footballer
  • Jul 31 J. J. Furmaniak, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • Jul 31 B. J. Novak, American actor
  • Aug 1 Junior Agogo, Accra, Ghanaian footballer
  • Aug 1 Jason Momoa, Honolulu Hawaiii, American actor (Game of Thrones)
  • Aug 1 Honeysuckle Weeks, Cardiff, Welsh actress
  • Aug 2 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • Aug 3 Kris Jenkins, American football player
  • Aug 3 Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress (Lost, The Hobbit), born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Aug 4 Brandi Siegel, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 4 Robin Peterson, South African cricketer
  • Aug 5 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Aug 6 Jennifer Exaltacion, Windsor Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 7 Eric Johnson, American actor
  • Aug 8 Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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