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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.
- January 30, 1979 – A Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo.
- May 25, 1979 – American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing 271 on board and two people on the ground.
- July 3, 1979 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
- July 12, 1979 – Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park Chicago, IL
- August 13, 1979 – The roof of the uncompleted Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, Illinois collapses, killing 5 workers and injuring 16.
- August 21, 1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
- 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.
- November 19, 1979 – Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the US Embassy in Tehran.
- December 21, 1979 – Lancaster House Agreement: An independence agreement for Rhodesia is signed in London by Lord Carrington, Sir Ian Gilmour, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and S.C. Mundawarara.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 1, 1979 – Fadi El Khatib, Lebanese basketball player
- April 7, 1979 – Danny Sandoval, Venezuelan baseball player
- May 13, 1979 – Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
- July 24, 1979 – Valerio Scassellati, Italian racing driver
- July 30, 1979 – Show Luo, Taiwanese singer, television host, dancer and actor
- August 17, 1979 – Marcus Patric, British actor
- August 24, 1979 – Markus Walger, German rugby player
- September 11, 1979 – Ariana Richards, American actress
- November 6, 1979 – Lamar Odom, American basketball player
- December 17, 1979 – Matt Murley, American ice hockey player