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1979 Historical Event(s)
- January 7, 1979 – Third Indochina War – Cambodian–Vietnamese War: Phnom Penh falls to the advancing Vietnamese troops, driving out Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
- 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.
- February 1, 1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.
- February 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- March 13, 1979 – The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'etat in Grenada.
- April 15, 1979 – A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) occurs on Montenegro coast.
- 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.
- 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 10, 1979 – Kaohsiung Incident: Taiwanese pro-democracy demonstrations are suppressed by the KMT dictatorship, and organizers are arrested.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 22, 1979 – Carlos Ruiz, Panamanian baseball player
- March 18, 1979 – Anthony Maher, American soccer player
- May 1, 1979 – Ben Easter, American actor
- July 15, 1979 – Alexander Frei, Swiss footballer
- July 22, 1979 – James Mason, British professional wrestler
- July 23, 1979 – Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican professional wrestler
- October 28, 1979 – Martin Škoula, Czech ice hockey player
- December 9, 1979 – Chen Hao, Chinese actress