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

BeatificationPapal Visit

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, South Dakota
  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria
  • Jun 18 Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jun 18 US President Carter and 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 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 1 Markus Persson "Notch", Video game programmer (Mojang, Minecraft), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 19 John Ford, American software engineer
  • Jun 22 Thomas Voeckler, French road cyclist
  • 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 [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • 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 portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72