On This Day

Events in History in 1979 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 451 of 451

  • Nov 14 California's Don Baylor, wins AL MVP
  • 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

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Nov 17 Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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 19 Chuck Berry released from prison on income tax evasion
  • 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 admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange

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An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
An American aircraft sprays Agent Orange over the forest during the Vietnam War
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  • Nov 25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • Nov 25 Pittsburgh gains 606 net yards against Cleveland, winning 33-30
  • Nov 26 Twins John Castino & Jays Alfredo Griffin tie for AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica, killing 257 people, making it New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster

  • Nov 28 LA Dodger Rick Sutcliffe wins NL Rookie of Year

BeatificationPapal Visit

Nov 28 Pope John Paul II's first papal visit to Turkey, almost 1 1/2 years before Turkish native Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to kill him

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Nov 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 1 Australia's World Series Cricket men return to the fold in the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; ex-WSC players Bruce Laird (92), Greg Chappell (74) & David Hookes (33no) provide the scoring on Day 1 in home side's 229/5
  • Dec 2 Crowds attack US embassy in Tripoli, Libya
  • Dec 2 Foots Walker becomes 1st Cleveland Cavalier to score a triple-double
  • Dec 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 3 Christies auctions a thimble for a record $18,400
  • Dec 3 Iran accepts constitution
  • Dec 3 Shadow Traffic begins broadcasting in the New York City metropolitan area.
  • Dec 5 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns
  • Dec 5 Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; WSC players return in this Test
  • Dec 10 Piet Dankert appointed as chairman of European Parliament
  • Dec 12 Gold hits record $462.50 an ounce
  • Dec 12 President of Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq, confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam.
  • Dec 13 Strikes against price increases in Gdańsk, Poland
  • Dec 13 Saudi Arabia raises marker crude price to $24 per barrel
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Dec 15 Deposed Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi leaves US for Panama

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

  • Dec 15 World Court in Hague rules Iran should release all US hostages

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Dec 15 Chris Haney and Scott Abbott develop the board game Trivial Pursuit

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Dec 16 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • Dec 16 Libya raises crude oil prices, joining four other OPEC nations, which has a dramatic effect on the United States
  • Dec 17 Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle)
  • Dec 18 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 MPH)
  • Dec 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 21 New constitution for Zimbabwe agreed
  • Dec 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 24 1st Ariane rocket launched
  • Dec 25 Soviet forces invade Afghanistan to prop up the Communist government, beginning a disastrous and failed ten-year war
  • Dec 26 Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Dec 27 After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
  • Dec 30 Rock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
  • Dec 30 Togo adopts constitution