Events in History in 1979

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  • Jan 1 International Year of the Child begins
  • Jan 1 Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • Jan 1 US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • Jan 2 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • Jan 2 Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)
  • Jan 6 The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day
  • Jan 7 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • Jan 8 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • Jan 8 Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • Jan 8 Today Show gets a new theme song
  • Jan 8 Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • Jan 9 High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws
  • Jan 9 Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
  • Jan 10 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks

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Jan 10 The Sun paper headline is 'Crisis? What Crisis?' as UK Prime Minister James Callaghan denies that the country is in chaos during the 'Winter of Discontent' strike wave

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Jan 12 LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
  • Jan 12 Record blizzard strikes the US midwest killing over 100
  • Jan 13 Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • Jan 13 YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song

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Jan 14 US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jan 16 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jan 16 Bakhtiar government established by the Shah in Iran, will preside until unrest in the country subsides
  • Jan 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jan 18 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" at Florence, Oregon
  • Jan 19 John N Mitchell (former US Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison

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Jan 20 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jan 21 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • Jan 21 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • Jan 22 10,000s UK public sector workers go on strike
  • Jan 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jan 25 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan

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Jan 25 Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jan 25 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
  • Jan 28 Arthur Kopit's "Wings" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 28 Pope John Paul II addresses the Third General Conference of Latin American Episcopate in Puebla, Mexico
  • Jan 29 Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"

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Jan 29 Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, D.C.

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Jan 29 Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
  • Jan 29 US President Jimmy Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
  • Jan 30 Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
  • Jan 30 Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
  • Feb 1 Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
  • Feb 1 Patricia Hearst is released from prison for bank robbery
  • Feb 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 3 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 3 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 4 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
  • Feb 5 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
  • Feb 6 Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against Premier Bhutto
  • Feb 7 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds president Boumedienne in Algeria

  • Feb 7 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
  • Feb 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 8 Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time
  • Feb 9 Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • Feb 9 Nigeria amends constitution
  • Feb 9 UK Football club Nottingham Forest makes £1m transfer deal
  • Feb 9 New York City premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"
  • Feb 11 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
  • Feb 12 Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
  • Feb 12 Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
  • Feb 13 Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
  • Feb 13 Formation of Guardian Angels crime fighters in New York City
  • Feb 14 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police
  • Feb 15 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
  • Feb 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 15 Los Angeles premiere of Paul Schrader's allegedly fact based "Hardcore"
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk
  • Feb 17 China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
  • Feb 17 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Feb 18 -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
  • Feb 18 NASA launches space vehicle S-202
  • Feb 18 President Zia ur-Rahman's National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
  • Feb 18 Snow falls in Sahara Desert
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Feb 20 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • Feb 20 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 21 Japan launches Hakucho X-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
  • Feb 22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • Feb 22 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
  • Feb 22 St Lucia gains independence from Britain
  • Feb 23 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
  • Feb 24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • Feb 24 War between North & South Yemen begins
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • Feb 26 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
  • Feb 28 Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 4 US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
  • Mar 5 Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
  • Mar 5 Iran resumes petroleum exports
  • Mar 8 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered on Jupiter's satellite Io
  • Mar 8 China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
  • Mar 8 Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
  • Mar 9 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 13 European Monetary System is established, ECU created
  • Mar 13 Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement
  • Mar 14 A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200
  • Mar 15 Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • Mar 15 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test
  • Mar 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA
  • Mar 17 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 17 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne
  • Mar 17 The Penmanshiel Tunnel in Berwickshire, Scotland, collapses during engineering works, killing two workers
  • Mar 18 Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday, Iran
  • Mar 19 US House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • Mar 20 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 21 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel
  • Mar 22 Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt
  • Mar 22 Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinates Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • Mar 22 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland
  • Mar 24 Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center
  • Mar 25 Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Old Dominion beat Louisiana Tech 75-65 in Greensboro

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Mar 26 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Mar 26 Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak
  • Mar 26 OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1
  • Mar 27 US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars
  • Mar 28 British government of Callaghan falls
  • Mar 28 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pennsylvania (no deaths)
  • Mar 29 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA
  • Mar 29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
  • Mar 31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • Apr 1 Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Apr 2 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Apr 3 Belgium's Martens government forms
  • Apr 3 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 4 Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • Apr 5 Baltimore manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper
  • Apr 5 Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia
  • Apr 7 Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water
  • Apr 8 People's Republic of China joins IOC
  • Apr 10 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian
  • Apr 10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.

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Apr 11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Apr 12 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth
  • Apr 13 Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek
  • Apr 13 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours
  • Apr 13 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • Apr 14 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
  • Apr 15 A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast.
  • Apr 16 15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1
  • Apr 16 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • Apr 16 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child"
  • Apr 17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • Apr 17 Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
  • Apr 18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • Apr 19 FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York)
  • Apr 19 Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 22 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Apr 23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • Apr 24 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election
  • Apr 25 Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect
  • May 1 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
  • May 1 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
  • May 2 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • May 3 Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases)
  • May 3 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London

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May 4 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • May 4 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
  • May 5 Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting
  • May 5 Voyager 1 passes Jupiter
  • May 6 Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC
  • May 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 7 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • May 8 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • May 10 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • May 10 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]
  • May 13 "Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC
  • May 13 Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Tehran
  • May 17 -12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record)
  • May 17 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • May 21 Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone
  • May 21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia

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May 22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • May 22 Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg)
  • May 23 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • May 23 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • May 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 25 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground
  • May 25 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt
  • May 25 Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4
  • May 27 Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Connor as a bishop
  • May 28 European Market accepts Greece as member
  • May 29 Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM
  • May 30 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom
  • May 30 Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80
  • May 30 Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC
  • 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
  • Jun 2 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)
  • 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 & 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