1979 in History – What happened in year 1979

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1979 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1979.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1979 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 januaryThe Vietnam People's Army captured the Cambodian capital city Phnom Penh, deposing Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, which marked the end of large-scale fighting in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
08 januaryThe oil tanker Betelgeuse exploded at the offshore jetty of the Whiddy Island Oil Terminal off Bantry Bay, Ireland, killing approximately 50 people.
01 februaryAyatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile and soon led the Iranian Revolution to overthrow the US-backed Pahlavi dynasty.
08 februaryDenis Sassou Nguesso was chosen as the new President of the Republic of the Congo after Joachim Yhombi-Opango was forced from power.
11 februaryThe Pahlavi dynasty of Iran effectively collapsed when the military declared itself 'neutral' after rebel troops overwhelmed forces loyal to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in armed street fighting.
15 februaryDon Dunstan resigned as Premier of South Australia, ending adecade of sweeping social liberalisation.
01 marchPhilips publicly demonstrated a prototype of an optical digital audio disc at a press conference in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
26 marchBy signing the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty, Egypt became the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel.
28 marchA partial core meltdown of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, resulted in there lease of an estimated 43,000 curies (1.59 PBq) of radioactive kryptonto the environment.
28 marchBritish Prime Minister James Callaghan was defeated by one votein a motion of no confidence by the House of Commons after hisgovernment struggled to cope with widespread strikes by trade unionsduring the 'Winter of Discontent'.
04 aprilDeposed Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed.
06 aprilThe first of the 1979 Nepalese student protests broke out,which forced the monarchy to concede to holding a referendum on the possibility of a multiparty system in the country.
11 aprilUganda–Tanzania War-The Uganda National Liberation Army and Tanzanian forces captured Kampala, forcing Ugandan President Idi Amin tofler.
23 aprilActivist Blair Peach suffered fatal head injuries after being knocked unconscious during an Anti-Nazi League demonstration in Southall, London, against a British National Front election meeting in the town hall.
01 mayEnglish Singer Elton John becomes 1st Pop star to perform in Israel. He has received six Grammy award, five Brit awards for outstanding contribution to music. Now Israeli music is deeply influenced by mainstream pop and rock music from the United Kingdom.
04 mayMargaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, following the defeat of James Callaghan's incumbent Labour government in the previous day's general election.
09 mayProminent Iranian Jew Habib Elghanian was executed after havingbeen convicted by a revolutionary tribunal of various charges,triggering a mass exodus of Jews from Iran.
10 mayThe Federated States of Micronesia had formed its own constitutional government on May 10, 1979. Prior 1979 it was a part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under US administration and became an independent state on November 3, 1986.
21 mayRiots erupted in San Francisco after formerSupervisor Dan White was only sentenced for voluntary manslaughter forthe assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay SupervisorHarvey Milk.
25 maySix-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school, andlater became the first missing child to have his picture featured onmilk cartons.
18 juneSALT II was signed by the United States and the Soviet Union. SALT II was a series of talks between United States and Soviet negotiators from 1972 to 1979 which sought to curtail the manufacture of strategic nuclear weapons. SALT II was the first nuclear arms treaty which assumed real reductions in strategic forces to 2,250 of all categories of delivery vehicles on both sides.
03 julyConstruction of the second Howrah Bridge known as the Vidyasagar Setu started. Vidyasagar Bridge is a toll bridge on the Hooghly River in West Bengal state of India. It links the cities of Kolkata .With a total length of eight hundred twenty three metres, Vidyasagar Setu is the longest cable stayed bridge in India and one of the longest in Asia.
11 julyFirst American space station was destroyed. The Skylab space station destroyed when it was entering in the earth’s atmosphere. The event occurred in skies above Indian Ocean. It was a space observatory. The space station was operated by US’s NASA.
12 julyKiribati became independent from United Kingdom. It is an island country. It is situated in central Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of 33 different types of islands and reefs. South Tarawa is the capital of country.
12 julyRowdy fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago stormed the field duringa promotional event in which a crate of disco records was blown up.
14 augustA freak storm with force seven winds has decimated the Fastnet race with over 150 yachts still missing and at least 3 reported dead. The Fastnet is the last in a series of five races which make up the Admiral's Cup competition, the world championship of yacht racing.
27 augustIn two separate attacks, IRA bombs killed 18 British soldiersnear Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, and British admiral LouisMountbatten and three others in County Sligo, Ireland.
14 septemberAfghan President Nur Muhammad Taraki was assassinated upon theorder of Hafizullah Amin, who became the new president.
30 septemberConstruction of the Kwun Tong Line, the first line of Hong Kong's MTR rapid transit system, was completed.
17 octoberMother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work and support provided to f the poor and needy in Calcutta.


Famous birthdays in the year 1979:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 March Bruno Langlois / Cyclist / Canada
01 JuneMarkus Persson / Game Designer / Sweden
04 DecemberYsabella Brave / Writer / United States of America
05 March Lee Mears / Rugby Player / United Kingdom
07 DecemberSara Bareilles / Writer / United States of America
08 JuneAlexei Kozlov / Figure Skater / Estonia
08 DecemberIngrid Michaelson / Writer / United States of America
09 February Akinori Iwamura / Baseball Player / Japan
11 March Benji Madden / Writer / United States of America
11 AprilMalcolm Christie / Footballer / United Kingdom
16 AugustIan Moran / Cricketer / Australia
16 JulyNathan Rogers / Singer / Canada
18 MayJulián Speroni / Footballer / Argentina
19 JuneJosé Kléberson / Footballer / Brazil
23 MayBrian Campbell / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
24 March Norris Hopper / Baseball Player / United States of America
25 AugustMarlon Harewood / Footballer / United Kingdom
28 OctoberOlcay Çetinkaya / Footballer / Turkey
28 AugustShaila Dúrcal / Singer / Spain
28 JulyHenrik Hansen / Footballer / Denmark

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1979:

YearName / Profession / Country
02 MayNigaar Khan / Actress / India
01 FebruaryMahek Chahal / Actress / India
31 AugustYuvan Shankar Raja / Writer / India
03 JanuaryGul Panag / Actress / India
01 OctoberShraddha Nigam / Actress / India
20 OctoberNargis Fakhri / Actress / India
01 January Vidya Balan / Actress / India
14 JuneTarun Arora / Actor / India
08 AprilAmit Trivedi / Writer / India
11 SeptemberTulip Joshi / Actress / India
23 FebruaryPurab Kohli / Actor / India
21 AugustPema Khandu / Politician / India
04 JuneAvnish Singh Chauhan / Writer / India
18 February Tinu Yohannan / Cricketer / India
14 NovemberPushkar Lele / Singer / India
03 JanuaryGul Panag / Actress / India
07 NovemberRaima Sen / Actress / India
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