June 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 Los Angeles passes its first homosexual rights bill
  • 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.

Papal Visit

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 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
  • 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 12 Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min
  • 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 Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo, Syria

Treaty of Interest

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

  • 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 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 7 Anne McClain, American army officer and NASA astronaut (Soyuz MS-11), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 22 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
  • Jun 24 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • Jun 28 Florian Zeller, French novelist (La Fascination du Pire) and playwright (The Father), born in Paris, France

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 [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 14 David Butler, American director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), dies at 84
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian chief of state (1972-78), executed by firing squad during a coup at 47
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, German writer and historian, dies at 77
  • 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 portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72