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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 8, 1979 – Denis Sassou-Nguesso becomes the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time.
- March 28, 1979 – The British House of Commons passes a vote of no confidence against James Callaghan’s government, precipitating a general election.
- May 9, 1979 – Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member strong Jewish community of Iran.
- June 3, 1979 – A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 3000000 oilbbl of oil to be spilled into the waters, the second-worst accidental oil spill ever recorded.
- July 9, 1979 – A car bomb destroys a Renault motor car owned by famed “Nazi hunters” Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
- August 13, 1979 – The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, Illinois collapses, killing 5 workers and injuring 16.
- September 22, 1979 – The Vela Incident (also known as the South Atlantic Flash) is observed near Bouvet Island, thought to be a nuclear weapons test.
- October 6, 1979 – Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
- December 3, 1979 – In Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 fans are suffocated in a crush for seats on the concourse outside Riverfront Coliseum before a Who concert.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- February 23, 1979 – S.E. Cupp, American author and political commentator
- March 14, 1979 – Chris Klein, American actor
- April 16, 1979 – Sean Costello, American blues musician (d. 2008)
- May 24, 1979 – Frank Mir, American UFC fighter
- June 25, 1979 – Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler
- July 18, 1979 – Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
- July 28, 1979 – Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
- July 30, 1979 – Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rican basketball player
- September 9, 1979 – Nikki DeLoach, American actress and singer
- October 15, 1979 – Blue Adams, American Football Player