Historical Events in December 1979

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 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)

Film release premierFilm Release

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, President Hafizullah Amin overthrown
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • Dec 30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
  • Dec 30 Togo adopts constitution
  • Dec 31 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in SF closes after 556 concerts