What Happened in 1979 (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 802

  • Aug 24 Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 24 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • Aug 24 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • Aug 25 Somali adopts constitution
  • Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • Aug 27 Sligo, Ireland; Admiral of the Fleet Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, uncle of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, last Viceroy of India, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, and three companions, two of them children, killed by the IRA when his boat was blown up.
  • Aug 28 IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market
  • Aug 28 Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die
  • Aug 29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 29 Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • Aug 30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep
  • Aug 30 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Aug 31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • Sep 1 Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • Sep 1 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
  • Sep 1 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings
  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 2 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara
  • Sep 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquerors Mahabad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquerors Baneh
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)
  • Sep 5 Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale
  • Sep 5 Earl Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • Sep 5 Iranian army occupies Piranshahr

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Chris Evert (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • Sep 12 Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie
  • Sep 12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Sep 13 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)
  • Sep 16 Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 16 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • Sep 16 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • Sep 17 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Sep 20 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
  • Sep 20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Sep 20 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • Sep 20 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Sep 20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • Sep 20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • Sep 21 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots ejected safely, but three people were killed and several people injured when one of the aircraft destroyed two houses and a bungalow.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sep 22 Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • Sep 23 Somali constitution approved by president
  • Sep 23 St Louis legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career
  • Sep 24 CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service
  • Sep 24 Ghana adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 844

  • Aug 8 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • Aug 8 Rashard Lewis, American basketball player
  • Aug 8 Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • Aug 9 Alizah Allen, figure skater (1997 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in New York City
  • Aug 9 Jessica Gregory, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA (1997)
  • Aug 10 Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
  • Aug 10 Ted Geoghegan, American filmmaker and author
  • Aug 10 Joanna Garcia, Cuban actress
  • Aug 10 Dinusha Fernando, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Aug 12 D.J. Houlton, American baseball player
  • Aug 12 Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • Aug 13 Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • Aug 13 Román Colón, Dominican baseball player
  • Aug 13 Corey Patterson, American baseball player
  • Aug 14 Yoichiro Morikawa, Japanese film director
  • Aug 14 Paul Burgess, Australian athlete
  • Aug 15 Carl Edwards, American NASCAR driver
  • Aug 16 Monder Rizki, Belgian athlete
  • Aug 16 Michael Stahlman, American rower and coach
  • Aug 17 Antwaan Randle El, American football player
  • Aug 17 Marcus Patric, British actor
  • Aug 19 Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • Aug 19 Dave Douglas, American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 20 Tara Shaffer, Miss Ohio Teen USA (1996)
  • Aug 20 Cory Sullivan, American baseball player
  • Aug 21 Aiesha Lee Hendrick, Miss New York Teen USA (1996)
  • Aug 21 Ashley Whitney, Nashville TN, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 21 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer
  • Aug 22 Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor
  • Aug 22 Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 23 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • Aug 23 Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • Aug 24 Orlando Engelaar, Dutch International Footballer
  • Aug 24 Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
  • Aug 24 Michael Redd, American basketball player
  • Aug 25 Marlon Harewood, English footballer
  • Aug 26 Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Aug 26 Rubén Pazos, Spanish footballer
  • Aug 26 Jamal Lewis, American football player
  • Aug 27 Ara Francis, Miss Colorado Teen USA (1996)
  • Aug 27 Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
  • Aug 27 Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • Aug 27 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Aug 28 Markus Pröll, German footballer
  • Aug 28 Robert Hoyzer, German football referee
  • Aug 28 Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
  • Aug 28 Kristen Hughes, Australian netballer
  • Aug 28 Ruth Riley, American basketball player
  • Aug 29 Natasha Fisher, Miss Nebraska Teen USA (1997)
  • Aug 29 Chieu Luu, Canadian journalist
  • Aug 29 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player
  • Aug 30 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player
  • Aug 30 Leon Lopez, British actor
  • Aug 30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Aug 30 Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • Aug 31 Clay Hensley, American baseball player
  • Aug 31 Mickie James, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 31 Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
  • Aug 31 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)
  • Aug 31 Ramón Santiago, Dominican baseball player
  • Sep 1 James O'Connor, Irish footballer
  • Sep 2 Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • Sep 2 Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • Sep 3 Tomo Miličević, Croatian-born American musician (30 Seconds to Mars)
  • Sep 4 Suzan Dandeneau, Miss Idaho Teen USA (1996)
  • Sep 4 Pedro Camacho, Portuguese composer
  • Sep 4 Kosuke Matsuura, Japanese racing driver
  • Sep 4 Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Sep 4 Kristina Krepela, Croatian actress
  • Sep 5 John Carew, Norwegian footballer
  • Sep 5 Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster
  • Sep 5 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer
  • Sep 6 Massimo Maccarone, Italian footballer
  • Sep 6 Carlos Adrián Morales, Mexican footballer
  • Sep 6 Foxy Brown, American rapper
  • Sep 6 Brandon Silvestry, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 7 Pavol Hochschorner and Peter Hochschorner - Slovak slalom canoers
  • Sep 7 Brian Stokes, American baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 8 Pink [Alecia Beth Moore], American singer (Get the Party Started, Just Like a Pill), born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Singer Pink
  • Sep 10 Jacob Young, American actor and singer
  • Sep 11 Ariana Richards, Healdsburg CA, actress (Spaced Invaders, Prancer)
  • Sep 11 Nathan Gale, American murderer (d. 2004)
  • Sep 11 Frank Francisco, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sep 11 Steve Hofstetter, comedian & radio personality
  • Sep 11 David Pizarro, Chilean footballer
  • Sep 13 Geike Arnaert, Belgian singer (Hooverphonic)
  • Sep 13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • Sep 14 Jesse Marunde, American Strongman/Athlete (d. 2007)
  • Sep 15 Dave Annable, American actor
  • Sep 15 Amy Davidson, American actress
  • Sep 15 Carlos Ruiz, Guatemalan soccer player
  • Sep 15 Patrick Marleau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 16 Bobby Korecky, American baseball player
  • Sep 17 Steffen Algreen, Danish footballer
  • Sep 17 Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • Sep 17 Chuck Comeau, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • Sep 17 Billy Miller, actor (The Young and the Restless), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Sep 18 Alison Lohman, American actress
  • Sep 18 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer
  • Sep 19 Dannielle Brent, British actress

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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