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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.
- June 1, 1979 – The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power.
- June 12, 1979 – Bryan Allen wins the second Kremer prize for a man powered flight across the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross.
- 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.
- July 16, 1979 – Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein.
- August 28, 1979 – An IRA bomb explodes on the Grand Place in Brussels.
- October 1, 1979 – The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama.
- 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.
- 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?
- January 29, 1979 – Marvin Agustin, Filipino actor and entrepreneur
- March 4, 1979 – Trenton Hassell, American basketball player
- March 12, 1979 – Nidia Guenard, American wrestler
- May 24, 1979 – Frank Mir, American UFC fighter
- June 7, 1979 – Brian Donnelly, Canadian artist
- July 2, 1979 – Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver
- September 21, 1979 – Julian Gray, English footballer
- November 17, 1979 – Matthew Spring, English footballer
- December 8, 1979 – Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer