Historical Events for Year 1979

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Jan 1st - International Year of the Child begins
Jan 1st - Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
Jan 1st - US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
Jan 2nd - 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
Jan 2nd - Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI)
Jan 2nd - Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins
Jan 6th - 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 7th - Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
Jan 8th - 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
Jan 8th - Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
Jan 8th - Today Show gets a new theme song
Musician Sid ViciousMusician Sid Vicious Jan 8th - Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh
Jan 9th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
Jan 9th - High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws
Jan 9th - K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste"
Jan 9th - Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
Jan 9th - Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins
Jan 10th - 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
Ice Hockey Legend Bobby OrrIce Hockey Legend Bobby Orr Jan 10th - Entertainer of the Year Awards
Jan 10th - The Prime Minister, James Callaghan, flies back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations the country is in chaos
Jan 11th - "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
Jan 12th - 6th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
Jan 12th - LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham
Jan 12th - Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
Jan 13th - Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
Jan 13th - YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. Jan 14th - Pres Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday
Jan 16th - Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution
Jan 16th - Shah leaves Iran on vacation, never to return; Bakhtiar government established by the Shah to preside until unrest subsides
Jan 17th - NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
Jan 17th - USSR performs underground nuclear test
Jan 18th - Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America," Florence Oregon
Jan 19th - John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison
Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza PahlaviLast Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Jan 20th - 1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader
Jan 21st - Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
Jan 21st - Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
Jan 21st - Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
Jan 23rd - Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Jan 24th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Jan 25th - 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
Jan 25th - Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II Jan 25th - 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US
Jan 26th - "Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on CBS's vast wasteland
Jan 26th - Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
Jan 27th - 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda
Jan 27th - Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
Jan 28th - "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
Jan 28th - Arthur Kopit's "Wings," premieres in NYC
Jan 29th - 9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7
Actress Jane FondaActress Jane Fonda Jan 29th - Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
Jan 29th - Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, DC
Jan 29th - Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
Jan 29th - NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7
Jan 29th - Pres Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years
Jan 30th - Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution
Jan 30th - Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng XiaopingChinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping Feb 1st - Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile
Feb 1st - Patricia Hearst is released from a SF prison for bank robbery
Feb 1st - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Feb 3rd - "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
Feb 3rd - Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
Feb 3rd - US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
Feb 3rd - US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
Feb 4th - "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
Feb 4th - End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG)
Feb 4th - Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
Feb 5th - Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time
Feb 5th - Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
Feb 6th - Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto
Feb 7th - "Supertrain," TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
Feb 7th - Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria
Feb 7th - Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur
Feb 7th - Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
Feb 8th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 8th - Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
Feb 9th - 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
Feb 9th - ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
Feb 9th - Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
Feb 9th - Nigeria amends constitution
Singer Rod StewartSinger Rod Stewart Feb 10th - "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1
Feb 10th - Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed
Feb 11th - "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 perfs
Feb 11th - 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
Feb 11th - Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation
Feb 11th - Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power
Feb 11th - Musical "They're Playing Our Song," premieres in NYC
Feb 12th - Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched
Feb 12th - Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military
Feb 13th - 2nd Emmy Sports Award presentation
Feb 13th - Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm
Feb 14th - "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
Feb 14th - In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
Feb 15th - 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
Feb 15th - Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins
Feb 15th - Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show
Feb 15th - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison Feb 16th - George Harrison releases "Blow Away"
Feb 16th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk
Feb 17th - China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War
Feb 17th - Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
Feb 18th - -52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record)
Feb 18th - Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
Feb 18th - Miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV
Feb 18th - NASA launches space vehicle S-202
Feb 18th - Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
Feb 18th - Snow falls in Sahara Desert
Feb 20th - "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
Feb 20th - 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 21st - Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km)
Feb 21st - 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
Feb 22nd - Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
Feb 22nd - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated
Feb 22nd - St Lucia gains independence from Britain
Feb 23rd - "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
Feb 23rd - Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
Feb 23rd - George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
Actor Christopher WalkenActor Christopher Walken Feb 23rd - "The Deer Hunter", starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, is released
Feb 24th - Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
Feb 24th - War between North & South Yemen begins
Feb 25th - Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
Feb 25th - Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
Feb 26th - Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US
Feb 28th - Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond," premieres in NYC
Mar 1st - "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
Mar 4th - "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
Mar 4th - 200th episode of "All in the Family"
Mar 4th - Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
Mar 4th - US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
Mar 5th - Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles)
Mar 5th - Iran resumes petroleum exports
Mar 7th - Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
Mar 7th - Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
Singer Olivia Newton-JohnSinger Olivia Newton-John Mar 7th - 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)
Mar 8th - 1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io)
Mar 8th - China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam
Mar 8th - Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale
Mar 9th - Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
Mar 9th - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
Mar 11th - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
Mar 11th - Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game
LPGA Golfer Nancy LopezLPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez Mar 13th - European Monetary System is established, ECU created
Mar 13th - Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement
Mar 13th - Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick
Mar 14th - A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200.
Mar 15th - Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80
Mar 15th - Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick
Mar 15th - Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test
Mar 16th - CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney Mar 17th - Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
Mar 17th - Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA

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