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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.
- January 29, 1979 – Brenda Spencer kills two people and wounds eight at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School shootings.
- February 11, 1979 – Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
- March 25, 1979 – The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.
- June 1, 1979 – The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power.
- September 14, 1979 – Afghan President Nur Muhammad Taraki is assassinated upon the order of Hafizullah Amin, who becomes the new president.
- September 24, 1979 – Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.
- October 14, 1979 – The first Gay Rights March on Washington, D.C., the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demands “an end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression of lesbian and gay people”, and draws 200,000 people.
- 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.
- December 4, 1979 – The Hastie fire in Hull, kills three schoolboys and eventually leads police to arrest Bruce George Peter Lee.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- February 14, 1979 – Pablo Pallante, Uruguayan footballer
- March 23, 1979 – Misty Hyman, American swimmer
- April 23, 1979 – Jaime King, American actress
- August 19, 1979 – Dave Douglas, American musician (Relient K, Attack Cat)
- September 3, 1979 – Tiffany Chapman, English actress
- September 5, 1979 – John Carew, Norwegian footballer
- September 27, 1979 – Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
- September 29, 1979 – Shelley Duncan, American baseball player
- November 8, 1979 – Dania Ramírez, Dominican actress
- November 24, 1979 – Joseba Llorente, Spanish footballer