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Historical Events in 1979 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 794 of 794

  • 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

BeatificationPapal Visit

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

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • Oct 1 Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • Oct 1 Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to the USA in Boston
  • Oct 1 RKO radio network begins operation
  • Oct 1 US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years
  • Oct 1 Shehu Shagari becomes first and only President of Nigeria's Second Republic
  • Oct 2 Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture
  • Oct 4 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 4 Typhoon Tip forms near Pohnpei in Micronesia, would go on to be the most intense and largest tropical cyclone then ever recorded
  • Oct 6 Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"
  • Oct 6 Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.

  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Oct 7 "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • Oct 7 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • Oct 7 USSR performs underground nuclear test

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Oct 7 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 7 Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve
  • Oct 8 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 8 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Oct 9 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Oct 10 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • Oct 10 Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game
  • Oct 10 Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
  • Oct 10 Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC
  • Oct 11 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Oct 11 German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner
  • Oct 11 Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan
  • Oct 12 Typhoon Tip becomes the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded with peak sustained winds of 305km/h (190mph) and a wind diameter of 2,220km (1,380mi)
  • Oct 12 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in Guam, in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip

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Oct 12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Oct 12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Oct 14 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
  • Oct 14 Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3

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Oct 14 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Oct 14 1st Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. by over 100,000 people

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Oct 14 NBC premiere of U.S. TV adaptation of Helen Keller's life story "The Miracle Worker"

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Oct 15 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
  • Oct 15 Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
  • Oct 15 Military coup in El Salvador: President Carlos Romero flees

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Oct 15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier

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Oct 16 Comedy sketch show "Not the Nine O'Clock News" debuts starring Rowan Atkinson, Chris Langham, Pamela Stephenson and Mel Smith on BBC 2

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Oct 16 First global telenovela Mexican "Los ricos también lloran" (The Rich Also Cry) premieres, second foreign series to be screened in the Soviet Union
  • Oct 17 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • Oct 17 D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

Oct 17 Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series

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Oct 17 US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 18 "Beatlemania" opens in London

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Oct 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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Oct 20 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 21 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)

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Oct 21 Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Oct 21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 22 "One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC

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Oct 22 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in NYC for medical treatment

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Oct 22 Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy

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Oct 24 Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc as all-time best selling singer-songwriter

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (National Day)
  • Oct 27 Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide
  • Oct 28 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • Oct 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • Oct 30 NASA launches space vehicle S-203
  • Oct 30 Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed
  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under General Busch, President Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 US Federal government proposes making a $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front

IranIran Hostage Crisis

Nov 4 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days
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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns

  • Nov 5 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
  • Nov 8 ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to "Nightline")
  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 9 False alarm of a Soviet ballistic missile attack by US NORAD system after technician fails to code a test properly
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

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Nov 13 Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in NYC

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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Nov 13 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • Nov 15 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage
  • Nov 15 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge

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Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies
  • Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Nov 17 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, premieres in the United States

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

AgreementContract of Interest

Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 19 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion
  • Nov 20 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital

  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies

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Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

Nov 24 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
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An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
  • Nov 24 "Salem's Lot", American two-part miniseries based on the horror novel of the same name by Stephen King, concludes in the United States
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 17-9; Eskimos shut out of MVP and MV Canadian awards
  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30

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Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that lasts 22 years and becomes one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica, killing 257 people, making it New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster
  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him
  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 30 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iran Hostages (ABC)
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 1 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 1 Australia's World Series Cricket men return to the fold in the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; ex-WSC players Bruce Laird (92), Greg Chappell (74) & David Hookes (33no) provide the scoring on Day 1 in home side's 229/5
  • Dec 2 Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
  • Dec 2 Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleveland Cavalier to score a triple-double
  • Dec 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 3 11 trampled to death at Who concert in Cincinnati
  • Dec 3 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
  • Dec 3 Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
  • Dec 3 Iran accepts constitution
  • Dec 3 Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.

  • Dec 4 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • Dec 5 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • Dec 5 Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; WSC players return in this Test

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 7 "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" first movie of the series premieres directed by Robert Wise, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

  • Dec 10 Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
  • Dec 11 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • Dec 12 Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
  • Dec 12 President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
  • Dec 13 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • Dec 13 Strikes against price increases in Gdańsk, Poland
  • Dec 13 Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 15 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi leaves US for Panama
  • Dec 15 World Court in Hague rules Iran should relase all US hostages

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Dec 15 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Dec 16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Dec 16 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium
  • Dec 16 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • Dec 16 Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States
  • Dec 16 "An American Christmas Carol" directed by Eric Till starring Henry Winkler premieres in the US
  • Dec 17 Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
  • Dec 18 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "Kramer vs Kramer" directed by Robert Benton and starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep is released (Best Picture 1980)

  • Dec 20 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Behn Wilson scores with 4:08 remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and equal NHL record for longest undefeated streak of 28 games; go on to break record and extend to 35 games
  • Dec 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 21 New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
  • Dec 21 Garry Unger’s NHL record for consecutive games ends at 914, as his Atlanta Flames lose 5-1 to the St Louis Blues and he is benched by coach Al MacNeil; record eventually broken by Doug Jarvis (964)
  • Dec 23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 24 1st Ariane rocket launched
  • Dec 25 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • Dec 25 Soviet forces invade Afghanistan to prop up the Communist government, beginning a disastrous and failed ten-year war
  • Dec 25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 2nd consecutive trophy as best football player in Europe; beats Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Ajax sweeper Ruud Krol
  • Dec 26 Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Dec 27 Soap Opera "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Dec 27 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 27 After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
  • Dec 27 Los Angeles left wing Charlie Simmer scores in a Kings' 3-0 shutout of the Quebec Nordiques to extend his modern day NHL goal-scoring streak to 13 straight games (ends next game)
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • Dec 30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
  • Dec 30 Togo adopts constitution
  • Dec 31 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts