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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 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- 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 1, 1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.
- August 7, 1979 – Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
- August 27, 1979 – A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb kills British World War II admiral Louis Mountbatten and three others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland. Shortly after, 18 British Army soldiers are killed in an ambush near Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland (see Warrenpoint ambush).
- November 9, 1979 – Nuclear false alarm: the NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland detected purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early warning radars, the alert is cancelled.
- December 9, 1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
- December 12, 1979 – The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
- December 16, 1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 7, 1979 – Mariangel Ruiz, Venezuelan actress and model
- April 4, 1979 – Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey player
- April 18, 1979 – Michael Bradley, American basketball player
- May 12, 1979 – Robert Key, English cricketer
- May 29, 1979 – Brian Kendrick, American professional wrestler
- October 5, 1979 – Curtis Sanford, Canadian ice hockey player
- November 2, 1979 – Erika Flores, American actress
- November 27, 1979 – Danielle Foxxx, Brazilian pornographic actress
- December 7, 1979 – Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress