Year 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Apr 11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya
  • May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 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
  • Jun 23 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
  • Aug 27 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland
  • 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
  • Dec 18 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)
  • Dec 27 After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
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Historical Figures Born in 1979

  • Jan 3 Francesco Bellissimo, Italian mangaka
  • Jan 8 Sequoyah, chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • Jan 9 Amber Ruffin, American talk show host and writer (The Amber Ruffin Show), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 11 Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler, born in Waterford, Ireland
  • Jan 14 John Reuben, American hip hop artist, born in Columbus, Ohio

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