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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 1, 1979 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by President Jimmy Carter.
- March 5, 1979 – America’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
- April 15, 1979 – A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) occurs on Montenegro coast.
- May 28, 1979 – Constantine Karamanlis signs the full treaty of the accession of Greece with the European Economic Community.
- September 30, 1979 – The Hong Kong MTR commences service with the opening of its Modified Initial System (aka. Kwun Tong Line).
- October 17, 1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.
- 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 12, 1979 – The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
- December 24, 1979 – The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- February 19, 1979 – Bassnectar, American Dubstep/Electronica musician
- February 21, 1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress
- February 22, 1979 – Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
- February 28, 1979 – Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
- April 18, 1979 – Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
- May 2, 1979 – Ioannis Kanotidis, Greek footballer
- June 15, 1979 – Julia Schultz, American model
- August 24, 1979 – Michael Redd, American basketball player
- December 3, 1979 – Tiffany Haddish, American dancer, comedian & actress
- December 20, 1979 – David DeJesus, American baseball player