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1979 Historical Event(s)
- January 16, 1979 – The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt.
- 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 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 20, 1979 – ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart is shot dead by a Nicaraguan soldier under the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle. The murder is caught on tape and sparks an international outcry against the regime.
- September 20, 1979 – A coup d'état in the Central African Empire overthrows Emperor Bokasa I.
- October 1, 1979 – The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama.
- 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 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 5, 1979 – Sonia Johnson is formally excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for her outspoken criticism of the church concerning the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 14, 1979 – Angela Lindvall, American supermodel
- January 26, 1979 – Sara Rue, American actress
- March 13, 1979 – Johan Santana, Venezuelan baseball player
- May 9, 1979 – Dionysis Boukouvalas, Greek composer, pianist and musicologist
- May 18, 1979 – David Nail, American country singer
- June 7, 1979 – Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
- July 21, 1979 – Tamika Catchings, American basketball player
- July 24, 1979 – Mark Andrew Smith, American graphic novelist
- September 30, 1979 – Cameron Bruce, Australian rules footballer
- October 2, 1979 – Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer