1979 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 484

  • Mar 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Mar 17 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 17 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
  • Mar 17 The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 18 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • Mar 20 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 21 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
  • Mar 22 Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinate Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland
  • Mar 24 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 25 Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest
  • Mar 26 Camp David peace treaty between Israel & Egypt
  • Mar 26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • Mar 26 OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • Mar 27 US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars
  • Mar 28 British government of Callaghan falls
  • Mar 28 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
  • Mar 29 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA
  • Mar 29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
  • Mar 31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • Apr 1 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

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 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC
  • 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 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • 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 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • Apr 19 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb

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
  • 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 3 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London

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 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • May 6 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • 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]
  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • May 13 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • May 17 -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • May 21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia

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)
  • May 23 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • May 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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

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 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • 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
  • 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 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 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

Birthdays in History

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Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 124 of 124

  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • Oct 30 Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)
  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (b. 1896)
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx, [Herbert], US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Sonia Delaunay, Russian born French artist, dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, 1st woman full prof at Harvard U, dies
  • Dec 7 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Dec 7 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • Dec 10 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • Dec 11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • Dec 24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 27 Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered