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1979 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 435

  • Sep 14 Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks
  • Sep 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 15 4th Toronto International Film Festival: "Best Boy" directed by Ira Wohl wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 16 Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
  • Sep 16 KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925)
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Sep 16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • Sep 17 Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72")
  • Sep 18 Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Sep 20 Coup in Central African Republic as David Dacko overthrows Emperor Bokassa I

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • Sep 20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • Sep 20 NASA launches HEAO 3
  • Sep 20 Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation
  • Sep 20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • Sep 20 Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman.
  • Sep 21 Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. Both pilots eject safely, but three people killed and several injured when one of the aircraft destroys 3 dwellings

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Sep 21 Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • Sep 22 Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • Sep 23 Somali constitution approved by president
  • Sep 24 CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service
  • Sep 24 Ghana adopts constitution
  • Sep 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 US Congress' final approval to create Department of Education
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 29 Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong

BeatificationPapal Visit

Sep 29 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 1 Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • Oct 1 Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to the 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
  • Oct 2 Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture
  • Oct 4 Hugh Leonards "Life" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 4 Typhoon Tip forms near Pohnpei in Micronesia, would go on to be the most intense and largest tropical cyclone then ever recorded

  • 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 The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter 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 Typhoon Tip becomes the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded with peak sustained winds of 305km/h (190mph) and a wind diameter of 2,220km (1,380mi)
  • 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 Carlos Romero flees
  • Oct 16 First global telenovela Mexican "Los ricos también lloran" (The Rich Also Cry) premieres, second foreign series to be screened in the Soviet Union
  • Oct 17 D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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

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Oct 21 Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Oct 22 "One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC

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Oct 22 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi arrives in NYC for medical treatment

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 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 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Bolivia military coup under General Busch, President Guevara flees
  • Nov 1 US Federal government proposes making a $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler
  • Nov 1 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
  • Nov 2 Studio 54's owners are arrested for tax evasion
  • Nov 3 Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC
  • Nov 3 Moroccan offensive against Polisario Front

IranIran Hostage Crisis

Nov 4 500 Iranian students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini seize the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 90 hostages for 444 days

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Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
Iranian students storm the walls of the US Embassy in Tehran
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  • Nov 5 Iran government of Bazargan resigns
  • Nov 5 Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini describes the United States as "The Great Satan" amid accusations of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption
  • Nov 6 Ayatollah Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • Nov 7 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 8 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • Nov 9 False alarm of a Soviet ballistic missile attack by US NORAD system after technician fails to code a test properly
  • Nov 10 Train detrailment in Mississauga, Ontario; a 106 car train derails causing the evacuation of 200,000 people
  • Nov 11 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • Nov 12 US President Carter announces a halts to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets
  • Nov 13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year

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Nov 13 Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in NYC

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 15 In Parliament Sir Anthony Blunt, art advisor to the Queen, exposed as 4th man in Soviet spy ring. He was then stripped of his knighthood and fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge

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Nov 15 A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • Nov 15 Iran cancels all contracts with U.S. oil companies
  • Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages
  • Nov 17 NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • Nov 18 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador and embassy with espionage
  • Nov 20 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
  • Nov 20 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
  • Nov 21 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies

VietnamAgent Orange in Vietnam

Nov 24 US government admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic chemical defoliant Agent Orange

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American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
American C-123 spraying chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, on a dense Vietnamese jungle
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