Wednesday 11 July 1979
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Eric Abidal and Jax Taylor.
In that special week of July people in US were listening to Bad Girls by Donna Summer.
In UK Are 'Friends' Electric by Tubeway Army was in the top 5 hits.
Dracula, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979
while The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Sapphire & Steel.
If you liked videogames you were probably playing Apple Trek or Cosmic Guerilla.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 11 July 1979 ?
- Mongolia - Naadam Holiday
- Feast Day of Saint Benedict (founder of the Benedictine Order)
- United States: Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven (most locations do this - get a free 7.11oz Slurpee on 7-11).
- Bonfire night in Northern Ireland, precursor to The_Twelfth
- Feast Day of Saint Olga (first Russian Saint)
- United Nations - World Population Day
- Ireland - National Day of Commemoration held on nearest Sunday to this date (see Irish calendar).
- China - China National Maritime Day
- Flanders, region in Belgium (not a public holiday) - Flemish Day (1302 Battle of the Golden Spurs)
- Eric Abidal: French footballer.
- Jax Taylor: Reality Star.
- Raio Piiroja: Estonian footballer.
- Lauris Reiniks: Latvian singer-songwriter and actor.
- Claude Wagner: French Canadian judge and politician (Born 1925).
- US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
- American Skylab space station enters the atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates.
- America's first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
- Kiribati declares independence from the United Kingdom.
- A ''Disco Demolition Night'' publicity stunt goes awry at Comiskey Park, forcing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit their game against the Detroit Tigers.
- Carmine Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family, is assassinated.
- A fire at a hotel in Saragossa, Spain leaves 72 dead. Worst hotel fire in Europe in decades.
Which were the top hits in that special week of July 1979 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Donna Summer - Bad Girls
- Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
- Donna Summer - Hot Stuff
- Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s In Love
- Kenny Rogers - She Believes In Me
- Earth, Wind and Fire - Boogie Wonderland
- Makin' It - David Naughton
- I Want You To Want Me (Live) - Cheap Trick
- Electric Light Orchestra - Shine A Little Love
- John Stewart - Gold
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