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

But much more happened on August 1979: find out below

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1979?


Events

  • 01 Aug 1979 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • 02 Aug 1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • 03 Aug 1979 Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island.
  • 04 Aug 1979 Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • 05 Aug 1979 But Never Jam Today closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 06 Aug 1979 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • 07 Aug 1979 Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
  • 08 Aug 1979 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • 09 Aug 1979 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • 10 Aug 1979 Ecuador adopts its constitution
  • 11 Aug 1979 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • 12 Aug 1979 Whoopee! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 13 Aug 1979 Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • 14 Aug 1979 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a three hour duration.
  • 15 Aug 1979 Andrew Young resigns as United Nations ambassador.
  • 17 Aug 1979 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
  • 18 Aug 1979 Iran Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
  • 19 Aug 1979 My Sharonna by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • 20 Aug 1979 India Premier Charan Singh resigns
  • 21 Aug 1979 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • 22 Aug 1979 200 black leaders, meet in NY, to support Andrew Young
  • 23 Aug 1979 Iran army opens offensive against Kurds
  • 24 Aug 1979 Cars play concert in New York Central Park
  • 25 Aug 1979 Madwoman of Central Park West closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • 26 Aug 1979 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 27 Aug 1979 18 British militia die in ambush / bomb attack in Northern Ireland
  • 28 Aug 1979 IRA bomb explodes on Brussels Great Market
  • 29 Aug 1979 Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • 30 Aug 1979 1st recorded occurrance-comet hits sun (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs)
  • 31 Aug 1979 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open

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Music charts

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Movies

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The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Country: United States of America

Fight Club

Fight Club

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Country: United States of America

American Beauty

American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Country: United States of America

Amadeus

Amadeus

Directed by: Milos Forman

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Country: United States of America

Downfall

Downfall

Directed by: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in August 1979?
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There'S No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach

There'S No Such Place As Far Away

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When she was about to turn five, a little girl named Rae Hansen invited Richard Bach to her birthday party. Though deserts, storms, mountains, and a thousand miles separated them, Rae

The Complete Book Of Running by James F. Fixx

The Complete Book Of Running

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Discusses not only the physical benefits of running, but its psychological benefits as well: increasing self-esteem, acquiring a "high" from running, and being able to cope better with pressure and tension.

The Powers That Be by David Halberstam

The Powers That Be

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Crackling with the personalities, conflicts, and ambitions that transformed the media from something that followed the news to something that formed it, "The Powers That Be" is David Halberstam's forceful account

The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S. Thompson

The Great Shark Hunt

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The first volume in Hunter S. Thompson’s bestselling Gonzo Papers offers brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in his signature style.Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling "Gonzo Papers"

The Island by Peter Benchley

The Island

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Suspense, treasure hunting, murder, intrigue...A classic mystery novel. One of Benchley's finest.