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
04 AprilAndy McKee / Guitarist / United States of America
06 SeptemberMassimo Maccarone / Footballer / Italy
10 AprilIván Alonso / Footballer / Uruguay
11 SeptemberÉric Abidal / Footballer / France
11 March Benji Madden / Writer / United States of America
12 AprilElena Grosheva / Gymnast / Russia
12 JuneEarl Watson / Basketball Player / United States of America
13 AprilBaron Davis / Basketball Player / United States of America
14 JulyAxel Teichmann / Skier / Germany
14 AugustJérémie Bréchet / Footballer / France
15 JuneYulia Nestsiarenka / Sprinter / Belarus
20 OctoberVasyl Baranov / Footballer / Ukraine
20 JulyMiklós Fehér / Footballer / Hungary
21 SeptemberRichard Dunne / Footballer / Ireland
21 MayJames Clancy Phelan / Author / Australia
24 NovemberJoseba Llorente / Footballer / Spain
26 February Steve Evans / Footballer / United Kingdom
28 JulyAlena Popchanka / Swimmer / France
30 NovemberChris Atkinson / Racing Car Driver / Australia
30 OctoberJason Bartlett / Baseball Player / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1979:

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

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