April 1979 calendar

April 1979

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1979.
The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was James Callaghan (Labour), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1979: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1979?


  • 01 Apr 1979 Iran becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
  • 02 Apr 1979 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo, Egypt; meets President Anwar Sadat.
  • 03 Apr 1979 Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • 04 Apr 1979 Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • 05 Apr 1979 Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper.
  • 07 Apr 1979 Houston Astros' Ken Forsch pitches no-hitter against Atlanta Braves, 6-0.
  • 08 Apr 1979 Carmelina opens at St. James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 09 Apr 1979 51st Academy Awards - The Deer Hunter, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda win. Walter Lantz is given an honorary Oscar for his animated motion pictures.
  • 10 Apr 1979 J R Richard throws major league record six wild pitches in Astrodome.
  • 11 Apr 1979 Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda Idi Amin flees.
  • 12 Apr 1979 Soyuz 33 returns to Earth.
  • 13 Apr 1979 Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.
  • 14 Apr 1979 Susan Horvath, of Pennsylvania, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year.
  • 15 Apr 1979 43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280.
  • 16 Apr 1979 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for Buried child
  • 17 Apr 1979 Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa quotalmost certainlyquot took part in the massacre.
  • 18 Apr 1979 Real People premieres on NBC TV
  • 19 Apr 1979 FCC raids and shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn NY)
  • 20 Apr 1979 President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, USA.
  • 21 Apr 1979 Carmelina closes at St. James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 22 Apr 1979 Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada
  • 24 Apr 1979 Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election.
  • 25 Apr 1979 Peace treaty between Israel and Egypt goes into effect.
  • 27 Apr 1979 George Harrison releases Love Comes to Everyone
  • 29 Apr 1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic.
  • 30 Apr 1979 Mary Therese Friel of New York crowned 28th Miss USA.
  • 11 Apr 1979 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1979?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Tragedy
  2. - I Will Survive
  3. - What A Fool Believes
  4. - Knock On Wood
  5. - Heart Of Glass

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Bright Eyes
  2. - Some Girls
  3. - Cool For Cats
  4. - Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
  5. - I Will Survive


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1979?

A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

A Walk Across America


Twenty-five year ago, a young disillusioned man began a journey across America. This is his book about the journey -- a classic account on the awakening of humanity.

The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock

The Bronx Zoo


Behind the scenes look at Yankee's players, including Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner, the baseball owner.

Evergreen by Belva Plain



Anna Friedman is a modern classic of passion, ambition and determination that forever changed how we view the brave immigrants who arrived on American shores. The story of Anna Friedman captures the turbulent emotions of the people.

The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

The Matarese Circle


Two mortal enemies are the only people on the planet who can stop an evil plot that threatens all life.

Good As Gold by Joseph Heller

Good As Gold


Bruce Gold, a Jewish, middle-aged professor of English literature, is on the verge of a great career in politics. It's not too soon as Gold longs for it.