Historical Events for Year 1979

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Events 1 - 150 of 805

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)
Jan 2nd - Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins
Jan 3rd - 67th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Marks (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)
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
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo VilasTennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas 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
Jan 9th - K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"
Jan 9th - Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
Jan 9th - Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins
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
Ice Hockey Legend Bobby OrrIce Hockey Legend Bobby Orr Jan 11th - "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
Jan 12th - 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
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
Jan 14th - US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday
Jan 16th - Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution
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
Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza PahlaviLast Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Jan 17th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
Jan 18th - Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America," Florence Oregon
Jan 19th - John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison
Jan 20th - 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader
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
Jan 23rd - Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 24th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Jan 25th - 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II Jan 25th - Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff
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
Jan 27th - 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win
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"
Jan 29th - Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng XiaopingChinese 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 Ruhollah 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
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 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"
Singer Rod StewartSinger Rod Stewart Feb 10th - "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1
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 perfs
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"
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Feb 16th - George Harrison releases "Blow Away"
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
Singer Olivia Newton-JohnSinger Olivia Newton-John 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

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