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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 7, 1979 – Pluto moves inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
- 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.
- February 22, 1979 – Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
- July 9, 1979 – A car bomb destroys a Renault motor car owned by famed “Nazi hunters” Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
- July 11, 1979 – America’s first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
- 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).
- 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.
- October 12, 1979 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
- November 14, 1979 – Iran hostage crisis: US President Jimmy Carter issues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 9, 1979 – Tomiko Van, Japanese singer
- January 11, 1979 – Henry Shefflin, Irish hurler
- January 16, 1979 – Aaliyah, American R&B singer/actress (d. 2001)
- March 12, 1979 – Pete Doherty, English musician
- March 24, 1979 – Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor
- June 24, 1979 – Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
- June 29, 1979 – Barış Akarsu, Turkish singer and actor (d. 2007)
- August 26, 1979 – Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
- November 5, 1979 – David Suazo, Honduran footballer
- December 20, 1979 – David DeJesus, American baseball player