Historical Events in 1979 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 802

  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • Mar 31 Montreal Canadiens beat visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-3 to become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 50 (or more) games for 4 straight years
  • 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

Meeting of Interest

Apr 2 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo

  • 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.

Sports History

Apr 6 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper, a 5-3 Orioles victory over the Chicago White Sox

  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water

Sports History

Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0, becoming with his brother Bob Forsch the only MLB siblings to accomplish the feat

Sports History

Apr 7 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 8 205th & final episode of "All in the Family"; followed by "Archie Bunker's Place" for 4 seasons
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC

Academy Awards

Apr 9 51st Academy Awards: "The Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

  • Apr 10 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian

Victory in Battle

Apr 11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya

  • 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

US Masters Golf

Apr 15 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.

Boston Marathon

Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15

  • 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 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV
  • Apr 18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)

Jimmy Carter Attacked by a Rabbit

Apr 20 President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia

  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances

Music Concert

Apr 22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges

  • 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

Music History

Apr 24 US State of Georgia designates Ray Charles' rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" (written by Hoagy Carmichael) as official state song

  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect

Music Single

Apr 27 George Harrison releases single "Love Comes to Everyone"

  • Apr 30 Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA

Music History

May 1 Elton John performs for 1st time in Israel, kicking off a mini-tour of 5 shows in six nights

  • 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 2 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • May 3 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • May 3 MLB Cleveland Indian Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)

Election of Interest

May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • May 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • May 5 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 fly-bys Jupiter
  • May 6 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • 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 7 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3

Album Release

May 8 The Cure release their debut album "Three Imaginary Boys" (Boys Don't Cry in US, Australia)

  • May 9 Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is the 1st Jew executed by the Islamic government firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • May 10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros
  • 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]

Sports History

May 12 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC

Historic Event

May 13 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and family sentenced to death in Tehran

  • May 14 "Kids Are All Right" rockumentary film featuring The Who premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 14 "Stalker", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Alexander Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn, is released
  • May 16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • May 16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • May 17 Coldest temperature ever recorded in Hawaii - 12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation, "Ryan's Hope" wins Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
  • May 17 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 19 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR

White Night Riots

May 21 Dan White convicted of the voluntary manslaughter of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay councilor Harvey Milk. The conviction on a lesser charge outraged the gay community and led to the White Night riots.

  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • May 21 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: 4 consecutive titles for Montreal Canadiens; beat NY Rangers, 4-1 for a 4 games to 1 series win

Film & TV History

May 22 1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

Election of Interest

May 22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

  • May 22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v East Africa & Singapore v Argentina)
  • May 23 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • May 23 American rock singer-songwriter Tom Petty files for chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president

Cannes Film Festival

May 24 32nd Cannes Film Festival: "Apocalypse Now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola and "Die Biechtrommel" directed by Volker Schlondorff jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Sports History

May 24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar

  • 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

Film Release

May 25 Horror film "Alien", directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver is released

  • 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

Music History

May 26 "Dancin' Fool" by Frank Zappa hits #45

  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Polesitter Rick Mears takes lead for the final time with 18 laps to go, to win his first of four Indy 500 races

Historic Event

May 27 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop

Television Premiere

May 28 ABC premiere of TV's "The House on Garibaldi Street", based on the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

  • May 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black Prime Minister
  • May 29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl" role, in which Anderson's title character leaves her North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents' divorce
  • May 29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • May 30 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich
  • 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
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill
  • Jun 1 NBA Championship, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland: Seattle Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 97-93 for a 4-1 series victory; Seattle's first major pro sports championship win
  • Jun 1 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • Jun 1 Ted Coombs begins 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • Jun 1 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • Jun 1 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

Historic Event

Jun 2 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

  • Jun 2 NASA launches space vehicle S-198
  • Jun 3 33rd Tony Awards: "Elephant Man" and "Sweeny Todd" win
  • Jun 3 Ixtoc I rig in the Gulf of Mexico blows, spilling 3 million barrels of oil in one of the worst oil spills in history

Historic Event

Jun 4 Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

  • Jun 4 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • Jun 4 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons
  • Jun 5 Seychelles adopts constitution
  • Jun 6 200th running of horse's Derby in England
  • Jun 6 Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16
  • Jun 6 Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors
  • Jun 7 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
  • Jun 7 Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched
  • Jun 7 Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns

Music History

Jun 7 Rock 'n' Roll singer-songwriter and guitar legend Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion

  • Jun 8 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • Jun 8 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time
  • Jun 9 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome
  • Jun 10 Baltimore Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleveland)
  • Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert dominates Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd French singles crown

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young wins 3rd major; beats Jerilyn Britz by 3 strokes

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg wins 2nd of 4 straight French titles and 6 overall; beats Victor Pecci of Paraguay 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

  • Jun 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min

Baseball Event

Jun 12 Detroit Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson who stays until 1995; includes World Series title 1984 and AL Manager of the Year Award 1984 and 1987

  • Jun 12 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185 ft-1 inch; record broken in 1992
  • Jun 12 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 12 Sandinista occupies parts of Managua
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances

Album Release

Jun 13 Asylum Records releases "Mingus", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 10th studio album

  • Jun 13 Phyllis Newman's semi-autobiographical one-woman musical comedy "The Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at the 22 Steps Theater, NYC; runs for 85 performances on Broadway
  • Jun 13 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs

Sports History

Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record

  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds

Sports History

Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo, Syria
  • Jun 16 Single "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances

US Golf Open

Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Hale Irwin wins his second Open title, 2 strokes ahead of former champions Jerry Pate and Gary Player

  • Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon
  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset

Treaty of Interest

Jun 18 US President Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty limiting nuclear weapons

  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • Jun 19 Mali's constitution goes into effect

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 21 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Tim Blake and Peter Gabriel headline; other performs include: Steve Hillage, The Alex Harvey Band, and Sky

  • Jun 21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy

Music History

Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit

  • Jun 22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • Jun 23 "My Sharona" single released by The Knack
  • Jun 23 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • Jun 23 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38
  • Jun 23 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup

Baseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 25 Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction

Film Premiere

Jun 26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London

  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver

Sports History

Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

  • Jun 27 Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities
  • Jun 28 OPEC raises oil prices 24%
  • Jun 29 San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium
  • Jun 30 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

TV Show Appearance

Jun 30 British punk rocker johnny rotten and British actress Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

  • Jun 30 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman, first popular portable cassette player
  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Sweden becomes 1st nation to prohibit "corporal punishment or other injurious or humiliating treatment" of children by their parents

Historic Event

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

  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp