On This Day

1979 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 435

  • 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 15 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • Jun 16 Muslim Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria

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 Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" becomes No. 1 album in the US featuring "Take the Long Way Home"
  • 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
  • Jul 1 Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow

  • Jul 1 Sony introduces the Walkman, first popular portable cassette player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
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

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Jul 8 Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14)

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 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 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 Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees to Miami
  • 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 France performs nuclear Test
  • Aug 1 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • Aug 3 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island
  • Aug 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 4 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • Aug 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 5 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
  • Aug 5 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
  • Aug 6 Marcus Hooper, 12, becomes then youngest person to swim English Channel
  • Aug 8 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • Aug 9 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • Aug 10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • Aug 11 28°F in Embarrass Minnesota
  • Aug 12 Iranian press censors start massive book burnings
  • Aug 14 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration
  • Aug 15 Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations
  • Aug 17 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Aug 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 19 Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov and Valery Ryumin return to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space
  • Aug 20 India premier Charan Singh resigns
  • Aug 20 The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens.
  • Aug 22 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
  • Aug 23 Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds
  • Aug 23 UN's Vienna office opens
  • Aug 24 UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps
  • Aug 25 Somali adopts constitution
  • Aug 27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and last Viceroy of India, is killed along with three companions, two of them children by the IRA when his boat is blown up near Sligo, Ireland

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • Aug 28 IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market
  • Aug 28 Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die
  • Aug 29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 29 Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • Aug 30 -Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dominican Republic
  • Aug 30 1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun, releases energy equal to one million hydrogen bombs
  • Aug 31 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
  • Aug 31 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as US UN ambassador
  • Sep 1 Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • Sep 1 LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask
  • Sep 1 Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings
  • Sep 3 Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000
  • Sep 3 Iran army conquers Mahabad
  • Sep 4 India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429
  • Sep 4 Iran army conquers Baneh
  • Sep 5 Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale
  • Sep 5 Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • Sep 5 Iranian army occupies Piranshahr
  • Sep 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 10 3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed
  • Sep 12 Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage
  • Sep 12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Sep 13 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 13 South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of South Africa)
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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