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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 13, 1979 – An intense windstorm strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.
- February 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- March 26, 1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
- April 1, 1979 – Iran becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
- April 4, 1979 – The 2nd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
- June 4, 1979 – Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
- October 26, 1979 – 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.
- November 23, 1979 – In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.
- December 10, 1979 – Kaohsiung Incident: Taiwanese pro-democracy demonstrations are suppressed by the KMT dictatorship, and organizers are arrested.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 16, 1979 – Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
- January 18, 1979 – Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
- February 1, 1979 – Juan Silveira dos Santos, Brazilian footballer
- February 10, 1979 – Ross Powers, American snowboarder
- March 4, 1979 – Mark Anthony Parrish, American actor, producer, and social and liberal political activist
- April 20, 1979 – Nathan Marquardt, American mixed martial artist
- July 14, 1979 – Scott Porter, American actor
- July 26, 1979 – Mageina Tovah, American actress
- October 19, 1979 – Marc Elliott, British actor
- November 28, 1979 – Daniel Henney, Korean-American model-actor