December 1979 calendar

December 1979

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 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 December 1979: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1979?


  • 02 Dec 1979 Crowds attack US embassy at Tripoli, Libya.
  • 03 Dec 1979 Iran accepts constitution.
  • 04 Dec 1979 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey number 7, Bingo Smith.
  • 05 Dec 1979 Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns.
  • 06 Dec 1979 The world premiere for ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • 09 Dec 1979 Murle Breer / Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 10 Dec 1979 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster (Life is Worth Living), dies from a heart attack in New York City, New York at age 84.
  • 11 Dec 1979 Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
  • 12 Dec 1979 Gold hits record US$462.50 an ounce.
  • 13 Dec 1979 Oklahoma! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • 14 Dec 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 15 Dec 1979 World Court in Hague rules Iran should release all US hostages.
  • 16 Dec 1979 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0).
  • 17 Dec 1979 Stanley Barrett in Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 km/h (739.666 MPH, record for wheeled vehicle).
  • 18 Dec 1979 Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 mph)
  • 21 Dec 1979 Zimbabwe adopts constitution.
  • 23 Dec 1979 New York Islanders' greatest shutout loss (8-0) versus Chicago Black Hawks.
  • 24 Dec 1979 1st Ariane-rocket launched
  • 25 Dec 1979 USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
  • 26 Dec 1979 In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.
  • 27 Dec 1979 Knots Landing, premieres on CBS-TV
  • 29 Dec 1979 Red Army beats New York Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
  • 30 Dec 1979 Rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer break up.
  • 31 Dec 1979 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts.
  • 03 Dec 1979 Iranian Revolution: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the first Supreme Leader of Iran.
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Music charts

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

  1. - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
  2. - Babe
  3. - Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  4. - Still
  5. - Please Don't Go

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Another Brick In The Wall
  2. - Walking On The Moon
  3. - I Have A Dream
  4. - I Only Want To Be With You
  5. - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1979?

The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald

The Green Ripper


The Green Ripper, a classic crime novel by a beloved author, features Travis McGee, a hardboiled detective who lives in a houseboat.

The Formula by Steve Shagan

The Formula


It is a blockbuster book that was actually based in fact. It tells the chilling story of Germany's most explosive wartime secrets - synthetic fuel. This triggers a brutal murder spree and shock waves in Germany.

Triple by Ken Follett



A New York Times bestseller of terror and suspense from the author of A Column of Fire, World Without End and The Pillars of the Earth. As Egypt gets closer to developing a nuclear weapon, the Mossad’s top-ranking Israeli agent …

The Powers That Be by David Halberstam

The Powers That Be


David Halberstam's powerful account of "The Powers That Be", which is brimming with the conflicts, personalities, and ambitions that changed the media from something that just followed the news to something that created it, is riveting.

Anatomy Of An Illness by Norman Cousins

Anatomy Of An Illness


Norman Cousins' groundbreaking, best-selling book on how to combat life-threatening illnesses through humor is Anatomy of an Illness. It was written by a patient who spoke for the first time.