October 1979 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • Oct 1 Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to USA in Boston
  • Oct 1 RKO radio network begins operation
  • Oct 1 US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years
  • Oct 1 Shehu Shagari becomes first and only President of Nigeria's Second Republic

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Oct 2 Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 4 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 6 Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9"
  • Oct 6 Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 7 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 9 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Oct 10 Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
  • Oct 10 Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC
  • Oct 11 German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner
  • Oct 11 Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan
  • Oct 12 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in Guam, in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip
  • Oct 14 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
  • Oct 14 Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3
  • Oct 14 1st Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. by over 100,000 people
  • Oct 15 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad)
  • Oct 15 Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris
  • Oct 15 Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees
  • Oct 17 D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

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Oct 17 Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa

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Oct 17 US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating Department of Education

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

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Oct 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Oct 20 John F. Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns
  • Oct 22 "One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC
  • Oct 22 Deposed Shah of Iran arrives in NYC for medical treatment
  • Oct 22 Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest
  • Oct 23 Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
  • Oct 25 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May.
  • Oct 27 St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (National Day)
  • Oct 27 Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide
  • Oct 28 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • Oct 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 29 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • Oct 30 NASA launches space vehicle S-203
  • Oct 30 Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Oct 31 US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 5 Jaime Chambers, American television reporter
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (d. 2002)
  • Oct 29 Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
  • Oct 31 Saaphyri Windsor, American reality TV figure, born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in History

  • Oct 3 Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
  • Oct 5 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Oct 16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • Oct 22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • Oct 30 Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)