< MCMLXXIX = 1979 >
Events in 1979
|14 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 13 days.|
|28 January:|| ||In this Chinese New Year the Horse makes way for the Year of the Ram.|
|1 February:|| ||Ayatollah Khomeini arrives back in Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.|
|8 March:|| ||Dutch electronics corporation Philips announces the invention of the compact disc.|
|28 March:|| ||At 04:00 hours an open valve allows reactor coolant to escape leading to a core meltdown at the American Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.|
|1 April:|| ||The Islamic Republic of Iran is proclaimed in Tehran following the Iranian Revolution.|
|11 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|15 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox as described by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|4 May:|| ||Margaret Thatcher is elected the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom.|
|3 June:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|13 July:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1399 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|12 Augustus:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|22 September:|| ||An American Vela Hotel satellite detects a double flash of light over the Antarctic Ocean with all the hallmarks of a nuclear weapons test except for radioactive fallout and a country claiming responsibility.|
|1 October:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|19 October:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|4 November:|| ||A group of Islamic revolutionary students and militants takes over the American embassy in Tehran, starting 444 days of Iranian hostage crisis.|
|19 November:|| ||Iran releases thirteen of the 66 American civilians who are held hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran.|
|30 November:|| ||The music album “The Wall” by English rock group Pink Floyd is released.|
|9 December:|| ||The Global Commission for the Certification of Smallpox Eradication announces the global eradication of smallpox.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1979
Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini, Time Man of the Year.Olof Palme, Marc Chagall, Karl Dönitz, Tito, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Alfred Hitchcock, Gladwyn Jebb, Jan Oort, Marlene Dietrich, Hirohito, Belcampo, Bob Hope, Salvador Dalí, Ayn Rand, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Leonid Brezhnev, Edwin McMillan, Bette Davis, Herbert von Karajan, Willard Libby, Albert Broccoli, Richard Nixon, Jesse Owens, Gerald Ford, Menachem Begin, Kees Stip, Yuri Andropov, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Arthur C. Clarke, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela, Kurt Waldheim, Anwar Sadat, Isaac Asimov, John Paul II, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Federico Fellini, Yves Montand, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Lucebert, Margaret Thatcher, Pol Pot, Douglas Engelbart, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth II, Dario Fo, Gabriel García Márquez, Andy Warhol, Stanley Kubrick, Yasser Arafat, Neil Armstrong, Edsger Dijkstra, Boris Yeltsin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Rutger Kopland, The 14th Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, John Lennon, Pelé, John Hurt, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Stephen Hawking, Johnny Hallyday, Mick Jagger, Lech Wałęsa, Gerrit Komrij, Bob Marley, Freddie Mercury, Johan Cruyff, Vladimir Putin, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Benazir Bhutto, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Osama bin Laden, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Diego Maradona, Barack Obama, Axl Rose and Louise Brown celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1979 was a common year starting on a Monday, just like 1883, 1894, 1900, 1906, 1917, 1923, 1934, 1945, 1951, 1962 and 1973 in the century before it and 1990, 2001, 2007, 2018, 2029, 2035, 2046, 2057, 2063 and 2074 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1979 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 22 October 2017.