September 1979 in History

Events in History

  • 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 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquerors Mahabad
  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquerors Baneh
  • 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 7 5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge
  • 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 ejected safely, but three people were killed and several people injured when one of the aircraft destroyed two houses and a bungalow.

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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 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 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 29 "Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35
  • Sep 29 "Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • Sep 29 "Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56
  • Sep 29 "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16
  • Sep 29 "Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12
  • Sep 29 "Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15
  • Sep 29 "Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65
  • Sep 29 "Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6
  • Sep 29 "Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK
  • Sep 29 "What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22
  • Sep 29 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong
  • Sep 29 John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival
  • Sep 29 LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit

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Sep 29 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 7 Pavol Hochschorner and Peter Hochschorner - Slovak slalom canoers
  • Sep 11 Nathan Gale, American murderer (d. 2004)

Deaths in History

  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, former head of the Vatican Bank and secretary of the 1958 conclave (b. 1884)
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
  • Sep 20 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general/politician, dies at 83