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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 11, 1979 – Islamic revolution of Iran establishes an Islamic theocracy under the leadership of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
- February 18, 1979 – Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.
- July 17, 1979 – Nicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
- July 25, 1979 – Another section of the Sinai Peninsula is peacefully returned by Israel to Egypt.
- August 21, 1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.
- September 27, 1979 – The United States Department of Education receives final approval from the U.S. Congress to become the 13th US Cabinet agency.
- November 20, 1979 – Grand Mosque Seizure: About 200 Sunni Muslims revolt in Saudi Arabia at the site of the Kaaba in Mecca during the pilgrimage and take about 6000 hostages. The Saudi government receives help from French special forces to put down the uprising.
- December 24, 1979 – The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 8, 1979 – Mirella van Melis, Dutch track and road cyclist
- June 5, 1979 – Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
- June 25, 1979 – Hirooki Goto, Japanese professional wrestler
- June 26, 1979 – Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
- September 13, 1979 – Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
- September 24, 1979 – Justin Bruening, American actor
- October 4, 1979 – Bjorn Phau, German tennis player
- October 8, 1979 – Kristanna Loken, American actress
- November 12, 1979 – Crown J, South Korean hip hop singer and rapper
- December 4, 1979 – Jeff Taylor, Canadian computer scientist