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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 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.
- April 10, 1979 – Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
- July 17, 1979 – Nicaraguan president General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
- July 19, 1979 – The Sandinista rebels overthrow the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua.
- August 7, 1979 – Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
- October 12, 1979 – The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip.
- November 3, 1979 – Greensboro massacre: Five members of the Communist Workers Party are shot dead and seven are wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States.
- 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 16, 1979 – Libya joins four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 27, 1979 – Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
- April 30, 1979 – Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
- May 15, 1979 – Chris Masoe, New Zealander rugby player
- June 17, 1979 – Young Maylay, American Rapper
- July 22, 1979 – James Mason, British professional wrestler
- August 7, 1979 – Eric Johnson, American actor
- September 24, 1979 – Fábio Aurélio, Brazilian footballer
- October 1, 1979 – Gilberto Martínez, Costa Rican footballer
- October 8, 1979 – Gregori Chad Petree, American musician (Shiny Toy Guns)
- October 20, 1979 – Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby union player