June 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier
  • Jun 1 Ted Coombs began a 5,193 mile roller skate from Los Angeles to New York City
  • Jun 1 Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Jun 1 The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power.
  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill

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Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 2 NASA launches space vehicle S-198

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

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 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
  • Jun 4 South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • Jun 4 Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons

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

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 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
  • Jun 8 "The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line
  • Jun 8 Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • Jun 9 Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes
  • Jun 9 Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome
  • Jun 11 Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months
  • Jun 12 Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185'
  • Jun 12 Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston
  • Jun 12 Sanista occupies parts of Managua
  • Jun 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • Jun 13 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD
  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria
  • Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

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

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
  • Jun 19 Mali's constitution goes into effect
  • Jun 21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
  • Jun 22 Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio)
  • Jun 23 Charlie Daniels Band releases "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  • Jun 23 "My Sharona" single released by The Knack
  • Jun 25 Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium
  • 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)

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 1 Markus Persson "Notch", Video game programmer (Mojang, Minecraft), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 19 John Ford, American software engineer
  • Jun 24 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • Jun 28 Florian Zeller, French novelist and playwright
  • Jun 29 Matthew Bode, Australian Rules football player
  • Jun 30 Travis Minor, National Football League Runningback

Deaths in History

  • Jun 1 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
  • Jun 7 Forrest Carter, American author (b. 1925)
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72