Historical Events for Year 1979

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Events 1 - 150 of 799

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 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
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
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo VilasTennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas 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
Jan 11th - "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
Jan 12th - 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
Musician Barry ManilowMusician 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
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
Jan 17th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
Jan 18th - Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America," Florence Oregon
Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza PahlaviLast Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi 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
Jan 25th - Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff
264th Pope John Paul II264th 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
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 - 9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7
Jan 29th - Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
Jan 29th - Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, DC
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 1st - Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
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
Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah KhomeiniSupreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini 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"
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 - Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
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 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 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
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

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