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1979 Historical Event(s)
- January 28, 1979 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- February 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- March 17, 1979 – The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers.
- March 26, 1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
- June 9, 1979 – The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) kills seven.
- September 12, 1979 – Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
- October 12, 1979 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
- November 3, 1979 – Greensboro massacre: Five members of the Communist Workers Party are shot dead and seven are wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States.
- November 15, 1979 – 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.
- November 28, 1979 – Air New Zealand Flight 901, a DC-10 operated sightseeing flight over Antarctica, crashes into Mount Erebus, killing all 257 people on board.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 8, 1979 – Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
- April 12, 1979 – Cristian Ranalli, Italian footballer
- July 21, 1979 – David Carr, American football player
- July 24, 1979 – Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
- July 26, 1979 – Mageina Tovah, American actress
- August 10, 1979 – Yannick Schroeder, French racing driver
- October 6, 1979 – David Di Tommaso, French footballer (d. 2005)
- November 6, 1979 – Adam LaRoche, American baseball player
- December 15, 1979 – Adam Brody, American actor
- December 25, 1979 – Hyun Young-Min, South Korean footballer