February 1979 calendar

February 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of February 1979?


  • 01 Feb 1979 Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank robbery.
  • 03 Feb 1979 YMCA by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • 04 Feb 1979 Co-Ed Fever, TV Comedy, debut and cancelled that outing on CBS
  • 05 Feb 1979 Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time.
  • 06 Feb 1979 Supreme court of Lahore Pakistan affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto.
  • 07 Feb 1979 Supertrain, TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • 08 Feb 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 09 Feb 1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • 10 Feb 1979 February 11 ampndash The Iranian army mutinies and joins the Islamic Revolution.
  • 11 Feb 1979 43 million watch Elvis! on ABC
  • 12 Feb 1979 Kosmos 1076, first Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched.
  • 13 Feb 1979 2nd Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 14 Feb 1979 Whoopee! opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 15 Feb 1979 Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hours 40 minutes
  • 16 Feb 1979 George Harrison releases Blow Away
  • 17 Feb 1979 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000 metre (1:14.99).
  • 18 Feb 1979 Miniseries Roots: Next Generations premieres on ABC TV
  • 21 Feb 1979 Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite and Corsa-B (550 / 580 km)
  • 22 Feb 1979 Cleveland (Ohio) Metroparks Zoo's Primate and Cat Building is dedicated.
  • 23 Feb 1979 Sarava opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • 24 Feb 1979 War between North and South Yemen begins.
  • 25 Feb 1979 Soyuz 32 carries 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • 26 Feb 1979 Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental USA.
  • 27 Feb 1979 The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana is canceled due to a strike called by the New Orleans Police Department.
  • 28 Feb 1979 In Mt. Saint Elias, Alaska, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurs.
  • 01 Feb 1979 Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Le Freak
  2. - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  3. - Y.M.C.A.
  4. - Fire
  5. - A Little More Love

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Heart Of Glass
  2. - Chiquitita
  3. - Oliver's Army
  4. - Woman In Love
  5. - Tragedy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in February 1979?

Linda Goodman'S Love Signs by Linda Goodman

Linda Goodman'S Love Signs


Linda Goodman's Love Signs - A New Approach to the Human Heart (Paperback)

Wanderings by Chaim Potok



This fascinating four-mile-long history of Jews is told by Chaim Potok, a master novelist. Exposing the richness of Jewish life, it recreates great historical events.

Overload by Arthur Hailey



#1 New York Times bestseller Arthur Hailey's suspense-packed novel poses a frightening question: What happens if a terrorist attack takes out the power of America's largest state. In

Eye Of The Needle by Ken Follett

Eye Of The Needle


The global phenomenon created by Edge of Eternity's author. His code name was "The Needle". He was a German aristocrat of exceptional intelligence, a master spy with a history of violence.

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand


Stephen King's vision of a post-apocalyptic world in which the plague has destroyed all life and everyone is caught up in a conflict between good and bad remains riveting and plausible. A