Historical Events in 1979

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  • Jan 1 International Year of the Child begins
  • Jan 1 Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • Jan 1 US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • Jan 1 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • Jan 1 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24
  • Jan 1 John Y. Brown attends his first game as owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise after trading the Buffalo Braves to previous Celtics owner, Irving H. Levin
  • Jan 2 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • Jan 2 Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 2 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Jan 2 Australian Open Women's Tennis: unseeded Australian Christine O'Neil wins her first and only Grand Slam event; beats American Betsy Nagelsen 6-3, 7-6

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 3 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina wins 3rd Grand Slam title; beats Australian John Marks 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 6 The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day
  • Jan 7 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • Jan 7 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 34-5
  • Jan 7 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0

  • Jan 8 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • Jan 8 Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • Jan 8 Today Show gets a new theme song
  • Jan 8 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • Jan 9 High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws

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Jan 9 K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • Jan 9 Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses

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Jan 9 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 10 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks

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Jan 10 The Sun paper headline is 'Crisis? What Crisis?' as UK Prime Minister James Callaghan denies that the country is in chaos during the 'Winter of Discontent' strike wave

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Jan 11 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Musician
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 12 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • Jan 12 Record blizzard strikes the US midwest killing over 100
  • Jan 13 Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • Jan 13 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song

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Jan 14 US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jan 14 John McEnroe wins his first of 3 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles 6–7, 6–3, 7–5 against fellow American Arthur Ashe at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Jan 14 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benitez beats WBC welterweight champion Carlos Palomino of Mexico in a 15-round split decision in San Juan, Puerto Rico; becomes two-division champion at the age of 20

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Jan 16 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jan 16 Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran, will preside until unrest in the country subsides

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Jan 16 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • Jan 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jan 18 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon

  • Jan 19 John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison

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Jan 19 US President Jimmy Carter announces he is awarding Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to anthropologist Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

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Jan 20 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jan 21 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • Jan 21 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • Jan 21 Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 22 10,000s UK public sector workers go on strike

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 25 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

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Jan 25 Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 25 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
  • Jan 26 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS
  • Jan 26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 27 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Jon Voight
Actor
Jon Voight
  • Jan 27 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • Jan 28 "The Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater in NYC after 1,672 performances
  • Jan 28 Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28 Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
  • Jan 29 Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"

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Jan 29 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jan 29 Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 13-7; MVP: Ahmad Rashād, Minnesota Vikings, WR
  • Jan 29 US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
  • Jan 30 Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
  • Jan 30 Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
  • Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Feb 1 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • Feb 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 1 English international forward Trevor Francis becomes Britain’s first £1 million soccer player when he transfers from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest
  • Feb 3 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • Feb 3 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 3 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 4 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • Feb 4 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • Feb 4 29th NBA All-Star Game, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mi: West beats East, 134-129; MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets, SG
  • Feb 5 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Feb 5 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • Feb 6 Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against Premier Bhutto
  • Feb 7 "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • Feb 7 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds president Boumedienne in Algeria
  • Feb 7 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur

Music concertMusic Concert

Feb 7 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time
  • Feb 9 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 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 film "Hardcore"
  • Feb 9 Walter Hill's drama film "The Warriors" is released in the United States, sparking gang violence at many theaters and a halt to the film's marketing campaign

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 10 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 10 Allan Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he misses
  • Feb 11 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 11 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
  • 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 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 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 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • Feb 15 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk

  • Feb 16 Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based film "Hardcore"
  • 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 Mini-series "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
  • Feb 18 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • Feb 18 President Zia ur-Rahman's National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Feb 18 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins after race leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison collide with each other on final lap; first 500 mile race broadcast from start to finish
  • Feb 20 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • 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 21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • 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 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
  • Feb 23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
  • 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 26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS
  • Feb 28 Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 1 ESPN and NCAA come to an agreement giving the network worldwide multi-media rights to NCAA championships for various sports
  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • Mar 4 200th episode of "All in the Family"
  • Mar 4 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
  • Mar 4 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS
  • Mar 5 Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
  • Mar 5 Iran resumes petroleum exports
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semi-pro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Actor Burt Reynolds
Actor
Burt Reynolds
  • Mar 8 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered on Jupiter's satellite Io

  • Mar 8 China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
  • Mar 8 Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
  • Mar 9 Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • Mar 9 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 9 "The Passage", directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States
  • Mar 11 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game
  • Mar 13 European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • Mar 13 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 13 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 14 A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200
  • Mar 15 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 15 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 15 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • 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 in Berwickshire, Scotland, collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 17 Wales beats England, 27-3 at the National Stadium, Cardiff for its 2nd consecutive Five Nations Rugby Championship and record 21st outright title; record 4th straight Triple Crown
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 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 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)
  • Mar 22 Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinates 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes
  • Mar 24 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center

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Mar 24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 25 Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Louisiana Tech 75-65 in Greensboro

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Mar 25 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova retains her WTA Tour Championship with a 6–3, 3–6, 6–2 win over American teenager Tracey Austin in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 25 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lanny Wadkins wins in windy conditions, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Mar 26 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball
  • Mar 26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • Mar 26 Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • 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 Jim Callaghan falls
  • Mar 28 Lazarus & Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood & night in Ukraine" premieres
  • Mar 28 A partial meltdown at Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the US results in the release of radioactive gas and iodine into the atmosphere but no deaths
  • Mar 29 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA