February 1979 in History

Events in History

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Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Feb 1 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • Feb 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 3 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 4 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • Feb 5 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Feb 6 Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
  • Feb 7 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria
  • Feb 7 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
  • Feb 9 Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • Feb 9 Nigeria amends constitution
  • Feb 9 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • Feb 9 New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"
  • Feb 11 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
  • Feb 12 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • Feb 12 Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
  • Feb 13 Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
  • Feb 13 Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City
  • Feb 14 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
  • Feb 15 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk
  • Feb 17 China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • Feb 17 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Feb 18 -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • Feb 18 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • Feb 18 Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Feb 18 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Feb 20 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 20 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • Feb 22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • Feb 22 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
  • Feb 22 St Lucia gains independence from Britain
  • Feb 23 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
  • Feb 24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • Feb 24 War between North & South Yemen begins
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • Feb 26 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • Feb 28 Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 4 Andrei Arlovski, Russian mixed martial artist
  • Feb 9 David Gray, English snooker player
  • Feb 12 Antonio Chatman, National Football League runningback
  • Feb 28 Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)