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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 15, 1979 – Don Dunstan resigns as Premier of South Australia, ending a decade of sweeping social liberalisation.
- February 22, 1979 – Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
- March 5, 1979 – America’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter, 172,000 miles.
- May 25, 1979 – Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears from the street just two blocks away from his New York City home, prompting an international search for the child, and causing U.S. President Ronald Reagan to designate May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day (in 1983).
- June 4, 1979 – Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
- July 25, 1979 – Another section of the Sinai Peninsula is peacefully returned by Israel to Egypt.
- 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 21, 1979 – The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four. (see: Foreign relations of Pakistan)
- December 5, 1979 – Sonia Johnson is formally excommunicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for her outspoken criticism of the church concerning the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- February 28, 1979 – Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
- March 22, 1979 – Juan Uribe, Dominican baseball player
- August 28, 1979 – Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
- August 31, 1979 – Simon Neil, Scottish singer and guitarist (Biffy Clyro)
- September 11, 1979 – Éric Abidal, French footballer
- September 19, 1979 – Joel Houston, Australian musician and songwriter
- November 29, 1979 – Neal Horgan, Irish footballer
- December 5, 1979 – Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
- December 28, 1979 – Bill Hall, American baseball player
- December 29, 1979 – Diego Luna, Mexican actor