What Happened in 1979 (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 802

  • Nov 1 US Federal government made $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front
  • Nov 4 500 Iranian "students" seize US embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)
  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

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Nov 5 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini declares US "The Great Satan"

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

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Nov 13 Ronald Reagan in New York announces his candidacy for US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Nov 13 Willie Stargell & Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • Nov 15 British government identifies Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, as 4th man in Soviet spy ring

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Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies

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Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • Nov 18 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador/embassy espionage
  • Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

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Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion
  • Nov 20 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 24 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 25 67th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 17-9
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30

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Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica kills 257
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

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Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 1 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
  • Dec 2 Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score a triple-double
  • Dec 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 3 11 trampled to death at Who concert in Cincinnati
  • Dec 3 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Dec 3 Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
  • Dec 3 Iran accepts constitution
  • Dec 3 Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.
  • Dec 4 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • Dec 5 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • Dec 9 Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 10 Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
  • Dec 11 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • Dec 12 Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
  • Dec 12 President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
  • Dec 13 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • Dec 13 Strikes against price increases in Gdansk Poland
  • Dec 13 Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 Deposed Shah of Iran leaves US for Panama
  • Dec 15 World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages
  • Dec 16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Dec 16 QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Dec 16 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • Dec 16 Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States
  • Dec 17 Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
  • Dec 18 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

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Dec 19 "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

  • Dec 21 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • Dec 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 21 New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
  • Dec 23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 24 1st Ariane rocket launched
  • Dec 25 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • Dec 25 USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
  • Dec 25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Dec 26 Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Dec 27 "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Dec 27 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 27 Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • Dec 30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 844

  • 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
  • Nov 1 Delgado, Angolan footballer
  • Nov 1 Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • Nov 1 Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
  • Nov 1 Coco Crisp, American baseball player
  • Nov 2 Julie Lund, Danish actress
  • Nov 3 Jamie Duffney, Miss Minnesota Teen USA (1997)
  • Nov 3 Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
  • Nov 3 Tim McIlrath, American musician (Rise Against)
  • Nov 3 Beau McDonald, Australian Rules Footballer
  • Nov 4 Daisy Eagan, American actresss (Secret Graden), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 4 Jesse Camp, former MTV veejay
  • Nov 4 Trishelle Cannatella, American reality TV castmember and model
  • Nov 5 Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek-Cypriot songwriter and singer
  • Nov 6 Lamar Odom, American basketball player
  • Nov 7 Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
  • Nov 7 Barney Harwood, CBBC presenter
  • Nov 7 Will Demps, American football player
  • Nov 7 Joey Ryan, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 7 Jon Peter Lewis, American singer
  • Nov 7 Mike Commodore, American professional hockey player
  • Nov 8 Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
  • Nov 8 Dania Ramírez, Dominican actress
  • Nov 9 Adam Dunn, American baseball player
  • Nov 9 Caroline Flack, British television presenter
  • Nov 9 Martin Taylor, English footballer
  • Nov 10 Chris Joannou, Australian musician
  • Nov 12 Matt Cappotelli, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 12 Corey Maggette, American professional basketball player
  • Nov 12 Cote de Pablo, Santiago Chile, actress (NCIS)
  • Nov 13 Ron Artest, American basketball player
  • Nov 13 Subliminal, Israeli rapper and producer
  • Nov 14 Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
  • Nov 14 Tobin Esperance, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • Nov 14 Mavie Hörbiger, German actress
  • Nov 15 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • Nov 15 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • Nov 16 Michael Faustino, actor (brother of David)
  • Nov 16 Salli Wills, Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Nov 16 Tony Frias, American footballer
  • Nov 16 Bruce Irons, American surfer
  • Nov 17 Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • Nov 19 Ryan Howard, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Larry Johnson, American football player
  • Nov 19 Leam Richardson, English soccer player
  • Nov 19 John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player
  • Nov 19 Keith Buckley - American singer (Every Time I Die)
  • Nov 20 Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer
  • Nov 20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)
  • Nov 21 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer
  • Nov 21 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • Nov 21 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 21 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Nov 22 Chris Doran, Irish singer
  • Nov 23 Kelly Brook, English actress/model
  • Nov 25 Thea Gilmore, British songwriter
  • Nov 25 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • Nov 26 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant
  • Nov 27 Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer
  • Nov 27 Hilary Hahn, American violinist
  • Nov 27 Shin Hyesung, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • Nov 27 Teemu Tainio, Finnish footballer
  • Nov 28 Chamillionaire [Hakeem Seriki ], American rapper, born in Houston, Texas
  • Nov 28 Joel Maximo, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 28 Daniel Henney, Korean model-actor
  • Nov 29 Simon Amstell, English comedian and television presenter
  • Nov 29 Francis Beltrán, Dominican baseball player
  • Nov 29 Jayceon "The Game" Taylor, American rapper
  • Nov 30 Chris Atkinson, Australian rally driver
  • Nov 30 Andrés Nocioni, Argentine basketball player
  • Dec 1 Ryan Malone, American Hockey Player
  • Dec 1 Angelique Bates, American Actress
  • Dec 2 Michael McIndoe, Scottish professional footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • Dec 2 Yvonne Catterfeld, German singer and actress
  • Dec 3 Daniel Bedingfield, English singer
  • Dec 3 Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor
  • Dec 3 Rock Cartwright, American football player
  • Dec 4 Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
  • Dec 5 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
  • Dec 5 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Dec 5 Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • Dec 5 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • Dec 5 Nick Stahl, American actor
  • Dec 6 Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
  • Dec 7 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • Dec 7 Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress
  • Dec 7 Derek Ramsay, Filipino actor and model
  • Dec 7 Sara Bareilles, American singer
  • Dec 7 Jennifer Carpenter, American actress
  • Dec 8 Johan Forssell, Swedish politician
  • Dec 8 Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
  • Dec 8 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 9 Olivia Lufkin, Japanese singer
  • Dec 9 Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer
  • Dec 10 Matt Bentley, American professional wrestler

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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