Historical Events in 1979 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 802

  • Jun 30 Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury
  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 2 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 86th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • Jul 7 93rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats R Tanner (67 61 36 63 64)
  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 Congo adopts constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • Jul 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)
  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates
  • Jul 12 Ian Palce joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 George Harrison releases "Faster"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston
  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris, becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Wash

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 21 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated
  • Jul 22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, TX (national record)
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 29 7th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Amy Alcott
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Aug 1 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • Aug 1 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • Aug 3 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 5 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • Aug 5 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 5 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 6 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • Aug 6 Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel
  • Aug 8 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • Aug 9 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • Aug 10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Aug 10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"
  • Aug 11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 12 Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • Aug 12 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 13 Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • Aug 14 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • Aug 15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations

Film release premierFilm Release

Aug 15 "Apocalypse Now", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released

  • Aug 17 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Film release premierFilm Premier

Aug 17 Monty Python's "Life of Brian" directed by Terry Jones, starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese premieres

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 19 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • Aug 19 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • Aug 19 Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
  • Aug 20 India premier Charan Singh resigns
  • Aug 20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • Aug 20 The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 22 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • Aug 23 Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC
  • Aug 23 Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • Aug 23 UN's Vienna office opens
  • Aug 24 Cars play concert in NY Central Park
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 24 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • Aug 24 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2
  • Aug 25 Somali adopts constitution
  • Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • Aug 27 The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland
  • Aug 28 IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market
  • Aug 28 Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die
  • Aug 29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 29 Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • Aug 30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep
  • Aug 30 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Aug 30 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Aug 31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • Sep 1 Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • Sep 1 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
  • Sep 1 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings
  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 2 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara
  • Sep 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquers Mahabad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 3 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquers Baneh
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)
  • Sep 5 Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale
  • Sep 5 Earl Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • Sep 5 Iranian army occupies Piranshahr
  • Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 8 Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 9 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion
  • Sep 9 99th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 9 99th Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Chris Evert (6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed
  • Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • Sep 12 Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie
  • Sep 12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Sep 13 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr)
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 14 Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)
  • Sep 16 Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 16 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • Sep 16 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • Sep 17 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")
  • Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season
  • Sep 18 Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect
  • Sep 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 19 No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Sep 20 Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I
  • Sep 20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Sep 20 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • Sep 20 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Sep 20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • Sep 20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • Sep 21 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots eject safely, but three people killed and several injured when one of the aircraft destroys 3 dwellings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sep 22 Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • Sep 23 Somali constitution approved by president
  • Sep 23 St Louis legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career
  • Sep 24 CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service
  • Sep 24 Ghana adopts constitution
  • Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education