Historical Events in 1979 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 802

  • Mar 31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes aboard Rubstic wins
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • Apr 1 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah
  • Apr 1 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 2 Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Apr 3 Belgium's Martens government forms
  • Apr 3 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • Apr 5 Balt manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper
  • Apr 5 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water
  • Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 8 204th & final episode of "All in the Family"
  • Apr 8 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 9 51st Academy Awards: "The Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Apr 10 J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • Apr 11 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala
  • Apr 12 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek
  • Apr 13 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • Apr 13 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • Apr 14 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
  • Apr 15 43rd Masters Golf Tournament: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:35:15
  • Apr 16 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • Apr 17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • Apr 17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • Apr 18 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
  • Apr 18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • Apr 19 Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yanks Goose Gossage & Cliff
  • Apr 19 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb
  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Apr 22 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 22 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Apr 23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • Apr 24 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election
  • Apr 25 "Rock 'n Roll High Schools" premieres
  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Apr 29 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Elton John
  • May 1 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • May 1 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
  • May 2 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • May 2 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • May 3 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • May 3 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • May 4 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • May 5 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • May 6 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • May 6 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • May 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • May 7 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • May 10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros
  • May 10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • May 13 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 13 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • May 16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • May 16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • May 17 -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • May 17 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 19 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John
  • May 20 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • May 21 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • May 22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Jim Henson
  • May 23 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • May 23 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • May 23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • May 24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • May 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

  • May 25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • May 25 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • May 25 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4

Film release premierFilm Release

May 25 "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

  • May 26 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • May 27 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • May 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • May 29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • May 29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl role", in which Anderson's title character leaves her 'Prairie' like North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents divorce
  • May 30 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • May 30 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • May 30 Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC
  • May 30 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • Jun 1 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 1 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • Jun 1 Ted Coombs began a 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 1 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Jun 1 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill
  • Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)
  • Jun 2 NASA launches space vehicle S-198

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Jun 3 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 3 33rd Tony Awards: Elephant Man & Sweeny Todd win
  • Jun 3 Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled in one of world's worst oil spills
  • Jun 3 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Jun 4 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • Jun 4 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 4 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • Jun 5 Seychelles adopts constitution
  • Jun 6 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • Jun 6 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • Jun 6 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • Jun 7 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
  • Jun 7 Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched
  • Jun 7 Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns
  • Jun 7 Rocker Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • Jun 8 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • Jun 8 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st & last time
  • Jun 9 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 10 Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve)
  • Jun 11 Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 78th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Victor Pecci (6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • Jun 11 78th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (6-2, 6-0)
  • Jun 12 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185'
  • Jun 12 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston
  • Jun 12 Sanista occupies parts of Managua

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Jun 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 13 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD
  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs
  • Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record
  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Jun 17 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • Jun 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon
  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jun 18 US President Carter & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty limiting nuclear wepons

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • Jun 19 Mali's constitution goes into effect
  • Jun 21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
  • Jun 22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • Jun 23 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • Jun 23 Rock group the Knack releases "My Sharona"
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 24 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 25 Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver
  • Jun 26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 27 Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities
  • Jun 28 OPEC raises oil prices 24%
  • Jun 29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances