Historical Events in 1979

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  • Jan 1st International Year of the Child begins
  • Jan 1st Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • Jan 1st US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • Jan 1st 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1st 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • Jan 1st 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
  • Jan 2nd 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • Jan 2nd Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 2nd Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3rd 67th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Marks (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 3rd 67th Women's Australian Open: Christine O'Neil beats Betsy Nagelsen (6-3, 7-6)
  • Jan 6th The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day
  • Jan 7th Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • Jan 7th AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 34-5
  • Jan 7th NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 28-0
  • Jan 8th 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • Jan 8th Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • Jan 8th Today Show gets a new theme song
  • Jan 8th Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
  • Jan 9th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • Jan 9th High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws

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Jan 9th K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Jan 9th Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

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Jan 9th Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 10th 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • Jan 10th Entertainer of the Year Awards
  • Jan 10th The Sun paper headline is 'Crisis? What Crisis?' as UK Prime Minister James Callaghan denies that the country is in chaos during the 'Winter of Discontent' strike wave
  • Jan 11th "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12th 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 12th LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • Jan 12th Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
  • Jan 13th Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • Jan 13th YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14th US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jan 16th Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jan 16th Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran will preside until unrest in the country subsides
  • Jan 17th NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • Jan 17th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jan 18th Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon
  • Jan 19th John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison

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Jan 20th 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jan 21st Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • Jan 21st Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • Jan 21st Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 22nd 10,000s UK public sector workers go on strike

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23rd Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 24th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 25th 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

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Jan 25th Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 25th 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
  • Jan 26th "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS
  • Jan 26th Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 27th 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Jan 27th Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • Jan 28th "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • Jan 28th Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28th Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
  • Jan 29th Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29th Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jan 29th Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • Jan 29th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7
  • Jan 29th US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
  • Jan 30th Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
  • Jan 30th Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
  • Feb 1st Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Feb 1st Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • Feb 1st USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3rd "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • Feb 3rd Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
  • Feb 3rd US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 3rd US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 4th "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • Feb 4th End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • Feb 4th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • Feb 4th 29th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-129 at Pontiac, Michigan
  • Feb 5th Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Feb 5th Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • Feb 6th Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
  • Feb 7th "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • Feb 7th Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria
  • Feb 7th Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • Feb 7th Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
  • Feb 8th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8th Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • Feb 9th 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9th ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • Feb 9th Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • Feb 9th Nigeria amends constitution
  • Feb 9th UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • Feb 9th New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 10th "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 10th Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed
  • Feb 11th "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 11th 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • Feb 11th Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
  • Feb 11th Musical "They're Playing Our Song" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 12th Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • Feb 12th Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
  • Feb 13th Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
  • Feb 13th Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City
  • Feb 14th "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 14th In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • Feb 15th 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • Feb 15th Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Feb 15th Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15th Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16th George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 16th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk
  • Feb 17th China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • Feb 17th Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Feb 18th -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • Feb 18th Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 18th Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 18th NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • Feb 18th Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Feb 18th Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • Feb 18th 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Feb 20th "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Feb 20th 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • Feb 20th 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21st Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • Feb 21st 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • Feb 22nd Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • Feb 22nd Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
  • Feb 22nd St Lucia gains independence from Britain
  • Feb 23rd "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23rd Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
  • Feb 23rd George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
  • Feb 24th Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • Feb 24th War between North & South Yemen begins
  • Feb 25th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 25th Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • Feb 26th Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • Feb 26th CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS
  • Feb 28th Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1st "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 3rd 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 3rd 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 4th "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Mar 4th 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • Mar 4th Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Mar 4th US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
  • Mar 5th Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
  • Mar 5th Iran resumes petroleum exports
  • Mar 7th Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7th Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7th 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 8th 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io)
  • Mar 8th China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
  • Mar 8th Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
  • Mar 9th Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • Mar 9th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 11th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 11th Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game
  • Mar 13th European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • Mar 13th Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13th Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 14th A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200.
  • Mar 15th Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15th Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 15th Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16th CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 17th Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 17th Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Mar 17th Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 17th Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
  • Mar 17th The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 18th "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 18th Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • Mar 18th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 19th US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • Mar 20th Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 21st Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
  • Mar 22nd Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt
  • Mar 22nd NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)
  • Mar 22nd The Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinate Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • Mar 22nd The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 23rd Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 23rd Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24th "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 24th 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes
  • Mar 24th Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24th 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 25th Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest
  • Mar 25th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Mar 26th 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich State beats Indiana St 75-64
  • Mar 26th Camp David peace treaty between Israel & Egypt
  • Mar 26th Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • Mar 26th Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • Mar 26th OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • Mar 27th US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars
  • Mar 28th British government of Callaghan falls
  • Mar 28th Lazarus & Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood & night in Ukraine" premieres
  • Mar 28th Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
  • Mar 29th Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA
  • Mar 29th Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • Mar 29th Delhi beat Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 29th Last day of Test cricket for Mushtaq Mohammad
  • Mar 30th Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.