1979 in History – What happened in year 1979

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.

Know what happened in 1979:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
04 AprilDeposed Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed.
04 DecemberBruce George Peter Lee set fire to a family home in Hull,England; after his arrest he revealed that he had started nine otherfatal fires in the area.
07 January The 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.
12 July Rowdy fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago stormed the field duringa promotional event in which a crate of disco records was blown up.
20 November A group of armed insurgents attacked and took over the Masjidal-Haram in Mecca, declaring that one of their leaders, Muhammad bin abdAllah al-Qahtani, was the Mahdi, the prophesied redeemer of Islam.
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.
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.
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.
27 DecemberSoviet war in Afghanistan-Soviet troops stormed Tajbeg Palaceoutside of Kabul and killed Afghan President Hafizullah Amin and his 300elite guards.
28 March British Prime Minister James Callaghan was defeated by one vote in a motion of no confidence by the House of Commons after his government struggled to cope with widespread strikes by trade unions during the 'Winter of Discontent'.
28 November Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed into Antarctica's MountErebus, killing all 257 people on board.
30 November The Wall, a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd, wasfirst released.
09 DecemberA World Health Organization commission of scientists certifiedthe global eradication of smallpox, making it the only human infectiousdisease to date to have been completely eradicated from nature.
03 NovemberFive members of the U.S. Communist Workers Party were shot andkilled by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party whilein a protest in Greensboro, North Carolina.
26 OctoberPresident of South Korea Park Chung-hee was assassinated by thedirector of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and a long-timefriend, Kim Jae-kyu.
14 SeptemberAfghan President Nur Muhammad Taraki was assassinated upon theorder of Hafizullah Amin, who became the new president.
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.
21 MayRiots erupted in San Francisco (rioters pictured) after formerSupervisor Dan White was only sentenced for voluntary manslaughter forthe assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay SupervisorHarvey Milk.
11 AprilUganda–Tanzania War-The Uganda National Liberation Army andTanzanian forces captured Kampala, forcing Ugandan President Idi Amin toflee.
08 FebruaryDenis Sassou Nguesso was chosen as the new President of theRepublic of the Congo after Joachim Yhombi-Opango was forced from power.
15 FebruaryDon Dunstan resigned as Premier of South Australia, ending adecade of sweeping social liberalisation.
08 JanuaryThe oil tanker Betelgeuse exploded at the offshore jetty of theWhiddy Island Oil Terminal off Bantry Bay, Ireland, killingapproximately 50 people.
07 January The Vietnam People's Army captured the Cambodian capital cityPhnom Penh, deposing Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, which marked the endof large-scale fighting in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War.
08 February Denis Sassou Nguesso was chosen as the new President of theRepublic of the Congo after Joachim Yhombi-Opango was forced from power.
09 DecemberA World Health Organization commission of scientists certified the global eradication of smallpox, making it the only human infectious disease to date to have been completely eradicated from nature.
23 AprilActivist Blair Peach suffered fatal head injuries when he wasknocked unconscious during an Anti-Nazi League demonstration inSouthall, London, against a National Front election meeting in the townhall.
27 DecemberSoviet war in Afghanistan-Soviet troops stormed Tajbeg Palace outside of Kabul and killed Afghan President Hafizullah Amin and his 300 elite guards.
28 MarchA partial core meltdown of the Three Mile Island NuclearGenerating Station near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, resulted in therelease of an estimated 43,000 curies (1.59 PBq) of radioactive kryptonto the environment.
30 SeptemberConstruction of the Kwun Tong Line, the first line of HongKong's MTR rapid transit system, was completed.
03 DecemberPer the results of a two-day referendum, the current Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran was adopted.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1979:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 MayMarie Poissonnier / Pole Vaulter / France
06 AugustFrancesco Bellotti / Cyclist / Italy
06 OctoberPascal van Assendelft / Sprinter / Netherlands
07 SeptemberOwen Pallett / Singer / Canada
08 NovemberAndrea Benatti / Rugby Player / Italy
11 AugustWalter Ayoví / Footballer / Ecuador
16 March Leena Peisa / Writer / Finland
19 DecemberKevin Devine / Writer / United States of America
19 January Wiley / Producer / United Kingdom
21 MaySonja Vectomov / Composer / Czech Republic
21 January Brian O'Driscoll / Rugby Player / Ireland
23 AprilJoanna Krupa / Model / United States of America
23 January Larry Hughes / Basketball Player / United States of America
26 February Corinne Bailey Rae / Writer / United Kingdom
26 MayElisabeth Harnois / Actress / United States of America
26 AugustCristian Mora / Footballer / Ecuador
28 JuneRandy McMichael / Footballer / United States of America
30 MayClint Bowyer / Racing Car Driver / United States of America
30 JulyCarlos Arroyo / Basketball Player / Puerto Rico
31 AugustRamón Santiago / Baseball Player / Dominican Republic

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1979:

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

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