July 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow
  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman

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

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • Jul 4 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed
  • Jul 6 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • Jul 7 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 8 The Democratic Republic of the Congo adoptsa new constitution
  • Jul 8 Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles
  • Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)
  • Jul 9 Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jul 9 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter
  • Jul 9 A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • Jul 10 Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
  • Jul 11 US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
  • Jul 12 Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
  • Jul 12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK

  • Jul 14 USSR performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 15 Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Jul 17 David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston
  • Jul 17 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • Jul 17 Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo
  • Jul 17 Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament
  • Jul 18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • Jul 18 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 19 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 tons of oil spill
  • Jul 19 Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Anastasio Somoza Debayle
  • Jul 19 Patricia Harris becomes sect of HEW
  • Jul 20 44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Washington
  • Jul 21 National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Jul 24 US President Jimmy Carter names Paul Volcker as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jul 25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • Jul 26 Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, Texas (national record)
  • Jul 27 France performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 28 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • Jul 28 France performs nuclear Test

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial artist
  • Jul 6 Nicolas Daniel Maricio, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jul 14 Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • Jul 18 Rick Baxter, American politician
  • Jul 27 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2018)
  • Jul 30 Diva Zappa, American artist and daughter of Frank, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in History

  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American organic chemist (Nobel 1965), dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French-Canadian judge and politician, dies at 54
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, German-American communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81