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1979 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1979 – The tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland.
- January 28, 1979 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- February 15, 1979 – Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
- February 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- April 4, 1979 – The 2nd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
- June 9, 1979 – The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) kills seven.
- June 18, 1979 – SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
- October 17, 1979 – Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 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.
- November 10, 1979 – A 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derails in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 29, 1979 – Joseph Todd, Arena Football League player
- February 9, 1979 – Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress
- February 17, 1979 – Dee, Puerto Rican pornographic actress
- February 28, 1979 – Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
- April 3, 1979 – Grégoire, French singer-songwriter
- April 9, 1979 – Katsuni, French pornographic actress
- April 26, 1979 – Ariane Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
- June 28, 1979 – Randy McMichael, American football player
- September 22, 1979 – Emilie Autumn, American singer and musician
- December 4, 1979 – Jay DeMerit, American soccer player