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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.
- May 4, 1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- June 18, 1979 – SALT II is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union.
- July 16, 1979 – Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and is replaced by Saddam Hussein.
- July 25, 1979 – Another section of the Sinai Peninsula is peacefully returned by Israel to Egypt.
- August 17, 1979 – Two Soviet Aeroflot jetliners collide in mid-air over Ukraine, killing 156.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1979?
- January 18, 1979 – Ruslan Fedotenko, Ukrainian ice hockey player
- April 3, 1979 – Leandro Vieira, Brazilian footballer
- June 10, 1979 – Konstantinos Loumpoutis, Greek football player
- June 30, 1979 – Sylvain Chavanel, French cyclist
- July 6, 1979 – Nic Cester, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jet)
- August 22, 1979 – Brandon Quintin Adams, American actor
- October 9, 1979 – Brandon Routh, American actor
- November 7, 1979 – Danny Fonseca, Costa Rican footballer
- December 20, 1979 – George Lamb, English radio and TV presenter
- December 28, 1979 – Senna Guemmour, German Singer (Monrose)