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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 14, 1979 – In Kabul, Setami Milli militants kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
- March 26, 1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
- April 4, 1979 – The 2nd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
- May 28, 1979 – Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
- October 15, 1979 – Black Monday in Malta. The Building of the Times of Malta, the residence of the opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami and several Nationalist Party clubs are ransacked and destroyed by supporters of the Malta Labour Party.
- October 17, 1979 – Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 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 – Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
- December 13, 1979 – The Canadian Government of Prime Minister Joe Clark is defeated in the House of Commons, prompting the 1980 Canadian election.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 10, 1979 – Simone Cavalli, Italian footballer
- February 1, 1979 – Rachelle LeFevre, Canadian actress
- April 19, 1979 – Zhao Junzhe, Chinese footballer
- July 23, 1979 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
- July 26, 1979 – Mageina Tovah, American actress
- August 26, 1979 – Jamal Lewis, American football player
- September 18, 1979 – Alison Lohman, American actress
- October 25, 1979 – Eddie Argos, British songwriter & musician
- November 7, 1979 – Mike Commodore, American hockey player
- November 19, 1979 – John-Ford Griffin, American baseball player