Events in year of 1979

  • 01-01International Year of the Child begins
  • 01-01Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • 01-01US and China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • 01-0230th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs. Vancouver
  • 01-02Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (vs. West Indies)
  • 01-07Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • 01-08512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 01-08Argentina and Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • 01-08Today Show gets a new theme song
  • 01-08Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge and occupy Phnom Penh
  • 01-09Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • 01-09High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws
  • 01-09Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
  • 01-101st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • 01-10Entertainer of the Year Awards
  • 01-11"Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 01-126th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
  • 01-12Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
  • 01-13Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • 01-16Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
  • 01-17Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
  • 01-18Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" Florence, Oregon
  • 01-19John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison
  • 01-21Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • 01-21Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • 01-21Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 01-23Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 01-2522.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
  • 01-26Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • 01-2736th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda

People born in year of 1979

  • 01-05Sarah Price: Miss Louisiana Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-08Sarah Polley: Actress (Sweet Hereafter)
  • 01-08Sequoyah: Chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • 01-09Lavinia Magruder: Miss Vermont Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-10Chris H E Smith [Daddy Mack]: Atlanta, Georgia -- Rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
  • 01-12Jenny Schmidgall: Ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-21Kelly Gaudet: Miss Florida Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-22Melanie Winiger: Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)
  • 01-27Jessica Lynn Ferdinand: Miss New York Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-30Karen Smith: Australian field hockey midfielder / halfback (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-02Brandee Dawn McCoskey: Miss Alaska Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-02Lindsay Langston: Modesto, California -- Archer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-02Petra Cada: Prague, Czechoslovakia -- Canadian table tennis player (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-07Cerina Vincent: Miss Nevada Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-08Tara Tucker: Miss Alabama Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-13Julie Nagle: Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-15Kaj-Erik Eriksen: Actor (Quarantine)
  • 02-16Emma Louise DeSilets: Miss Washington Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-18Julia Greville: Perth, Western Australia -- Swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-22David Lopez: Queens, New York -- Actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter)
  • 02-28Virginia Ledgerwood: Chester, Virginia -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-22Mariah Leanne Bergmann: Miss Kansas Teen USA (1997)
  • 03-26Heidi Zeigler: Actress (Sherry-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 03-28Juli Keech: Miss South Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-03Esmeralda Gonzales: Miss Wyoming Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-04Charles Butler: Salt Lake City, Utah -- Dance skater (with Joseph - 1997 National)
  • 04-04Rebecca Stoyel: South Australia, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-06Ali Burr: Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-06Frederick MGDL Windsor: Son of English Prince Michael
  • 04-13Monica Ivey: Miss Hawaii Teen USA (1996)

People died in year of 1979

  • 01-03Conrad Hilton: US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • 01-05Charles Mingus: US jazz bassist / Composer / orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • 01-07Zbigniew Turski: Composer, dies at 70
  • 01-09Avery Claflin: Composer, dies at 80
  • 01-09Sara Carter: Vocalist / guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • 01-11Jack Soo: Actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
  • 01-13Donny Hathaway: Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 01-16Fred Elizalde: Composer, dies at 71
  • 01-16Ted Cassidy: Actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46
  • 01-18Cyril Mockridge: Composer, dies at 82
  • 01-19Paul Meurisse: Actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle)
  • 01-22Ali Hassan Salameh [Abu Hassan]: Killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 01-24Jerry Damon: Comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 01-24Mabel Taliaferro: Actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • 01-25J Robertson Hare: Actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • 01-26Nelson Rockefeller: Former VP and (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70
  • 02-01Mort Marshall: Actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • 02-03Jody Gilbert: Actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite)
  • 02-06Alain Teister: Dutch Sculptor / writer, dies at 47
  • 02-07Josef Mengele: Concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • 02-08Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov: Russian poet, dies at 82
  • 02-12Jean Renoir: French writer / director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • 02-14Adolph Dubs: US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • 02-15Alex Bradford: Actor / Composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 02-15Mehdi Rahimi: Iran General / Military, Governor of Teheran, executed
  • 02-16Louise Allbritton: Actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • 02-16Nematullah Nassiri: Iran General / head of Savak, executed
  • 02-17William Gargan: Actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • 02-21Ray Whitley: Composer
  • 02-28Jane Hylton: English actress (Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52

Events in year of 1980

  • 01-0154th Australian Womens Tennis: Barbara Jordan beats S Walsh (63 63)
  • 01-01Alabama beats Arkansas in Sugar Bowl for college football championship
  • 01-01Chrysler UK renamed Talbot
  • 01-01International Decade of Water & Sanitation begins
  • 01-01Mob storms Russian embassy in Teheran
  • 01-01Premier Adbou Diouf becomes President of Senegal
  • 01-01Sweden changes order of succession to throne
  • 01-0268th Australian Men Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beat John Sadri (76 63 62)
  • 01-03Gold hits record $634 an ounce
  • 01-04President Carter announces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 01-06Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • 01-0963 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • 01-10Last broadcast of "Rockford Files" on NBC
  • 01-11Debut of Pretenders
  • 01-12Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 01-13"King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances
  • 01-13Head of narcotic brigade arrested for drug smuggling in Belgium
  • 01-14"Blues Brothers" movie with Dan Akwoyd and John Belushi opens
  • 01-14Shakuntala Devi, mentally multiplies 2 13-digit #s in 28 sec
  • 01-16Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession
  • 01-17NASA launches Fltsatcom-3
  • 01-18Gold reaches $1,000 an oz
  • 01-20President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow
  • 01-20Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 01-20Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena
  • 01-20US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • 01-20US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • 01-21Gold hits record $850 an ounce
  • 01-22Dissidents Andrei Sacharov and Jelena Bonner banished to Gorki
  • 01-22PGA begins a senior golf tour

People born in year of 1980

  • 01-02Stephanie Stiegler: Santa Monica, California -- Pairs skater (with Zimmerman)
  • 01-03Angela Ruggiero: Ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-05Garette Patrick Ratliff: Actor (Return to Blue Lagoon)
  • 01-21Aubrie Rippner: Los Angeles, California -- Tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18)
  • 01-23Theresa Kulikowski: Tacoma, Washington -- Gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics - 1996)
  • 01-25Amanda Michelle Burns: Miss West Virginia Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-29Jason James Richter: Medford, Oregon -- Actor (Free Willy)
  • 02-01Courtney Hamilton: Miss Arizona Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-04Kelly Marie Sodan: Miss Kentucky Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-11Natasha Bobo: Watsonville, California -- Actress (Sally-Together We Stand)
  • 02-12Sarah Lancaster: Kansas City, Kansas -- Actress (Rachel-Saved By Bell: New Class)
  • 02-13Kristy Powell: Florida, United States -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-17Shanyn MacEachern: Brampton, Ontario -- Gymnist (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-18Alison Rachel Fitch: Hamilton, New Zealand -- Swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-23Yvonne Tousek: Kitchener, Ontario -- Gymnistic (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-01Rose VBL Windsor: Daughter of English Prince Richard
  • 03-15Deidra Graham: Salt Lake City, Utah -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-24Luke Edwards: Nevada City, California -- Actor (Newsie)
  • 03-28Cara Lewis: Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1997)
  • 03-30Liriel Higa: Los Angeles, California -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-31Jenny Smith: Western Australia, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-01Bryan Buffinton: Ridgewood, New Jersey -- Actor (Bill Lewis Jr-Guiding Light)
  • 04-06Matthew Thomas Carey: Actor (Once You Meet a Stranger)
  • 04-09Kristin Lee: Bethesda, Maryland -- Rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • 04-16Jesse Tendler: Madison, Wisconsin -- Actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show)
  • 04-17Crystal Carlson: Miss Maine Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-22Aaron Metchnik: Santa Barbara, California -- Actor (Stephen-Torkelsons)
  • 04-22Monica Flammer: Gainesville, Florida -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-26Jordana Brewster: Panama -- Actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
  • 04-26Marne Patterson: Sherman Oaks, California -- Actress (Nicole-Something So Right)

People died in year of 1980

  • 01-01Frank Clifford Wykoff: Sprinter (1928, 32, 36 Olympics - Gold Medalist), dies at 70
  • 01-01Pietro Nenni: Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • 01-02Larry Williams: Rocker, dies at 44
  • 01-03Amos Milburn: Rocker, dies at 52
  • 01-03Axel Springer, Jr.: German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • 01-03Joy Adamson: Author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69
  • 01-07Carl White: Rocker
  • 01-07Sarah Selby: Actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • 01-16Anna van Wageningen-Salomons: Dut Author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • 01-17Barbara Britton: Actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • 01-18Cecil Beaton: British photographer, dies at 76
  • 01-19Richard Franko Goldman: Composer, dies at 69
  • 01-19William O Douglas: Member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • 01-22Iris Meredith: Actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • 01-25David Newell: Actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
  • 01-29Antonio Molina: Composer, dies at 85
  • 01-29Jimmy Durante: Comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • 01-30Lil Dagover: Actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • 01-30Professor Longhair: King of New Orleans music, dies at 61
  • 02-01Jack Bailey: TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 02-01Romolo Valli: Actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 02-02William H Stein: US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • 02-07Ernst Kunz: Composer, dies at 88
  • 02-07Katherine Emery: Actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • 02-09Antoine Pompe: Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 02-12Floyd Taliaferro Alderson: Actor (Crossing Trails)
  • 02-13David Janssen [Meyer]: Actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • 02-17Graham Sutherland: Painter
  • 02-18Gale Robbins: Actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
  • 02-19Bon Scott: Aust rock vocalist (AC / DC-Whole Lotta Rosie), dies at 33