January 1979 calendar

January 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of January 1979?


  • 01 Jan 1979 International Year of the Child begins
  • 02 Jan 1979 Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (versus West Indies).
  • 04 Jan 1979 The State of Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in the Kent State shootings.
  • 07 Jan 1979 Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • 08 Jan 1979 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 09 Jan 1979 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin.
  • 10 Jan 1979 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • 11 Jan 1979 Grand Tour opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 12 Jan 1979 Record blizzard strikes American midwest killing over 100.
  • 13 Jan 1979 Charlie Daniels hosts the Volunteer Jam.
  • 14 Jan 1979 US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday.
  • 16 Jan 1979 Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
  • 17 Jan 1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
  • 18 Jan 1979 Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America", in Florence, Oregon.
  • 19 Jan 1979 John N Mitchell (former Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison.
  • 21 Jan 1979 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • 23 Jan 1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 24 Jan 1979 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 25 Jan 1979 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan.
  • 26 Jan 1979 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • 27 Jan 1979 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda.
  • 28 Jan 1979 Wiz closes at Majestic Theater New York City, New York after 1672 performances.
  • 29 Jan 1979 9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7
  • 30 Jan 1979 Rhodesia agrees to new constitution.
  • 01 Jan 1979 the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and Taiwan Relations Act enter into force. Through the Communiqué, the United States establishes normal diplomatic relations with China.[81] Through the Act, the United States guarantees military support for Taiwan.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Too Much Heaven
  2. - Le Freak
  3. - My Life
  4. - Y.M.C.A.
  5. - You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - YMCA
  2. - Another Brick In The Wall
  3. - Walking On The Moon
  4. - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
  5. - Lay Your Love On Me


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in January 1979?

Nurse by Peggy Anderson



THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER - MORE THAN 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD Nurse is a shocking and inspiring bestseller. It tells the story of eight weeks of the life of a nurse at a large urban hospital.

The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye

The Far Pavilions


This epic, set in 19th century India, follows an orphan born in India and his journey to England. He later returns to India.

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

American Caesar by William Manchester

American Caesar


Incredible, astonishing... A man with a paradox. Douglas MacArthur is one of five men to ever attain the rank General of the United States Army.

The Ann Landers Encyclopedia A To Z by Ann Landers

The Ann Landers Encyclopedia A To Z


Classic Ann Landers self-help: Covers all topics: social, sexual, and medical. Vol. Vol.