March 1979 calendar

March 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of March 1979?


  • 01 Mar 1979 Sweeney Todd opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • 04 Mar 1979 Grand Tour closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 05 Mar 1979 Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the German-American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by "off the scale" gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
  • 07 Mar 1979 Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 08 Mar 1979 Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale.
  • 09 Mar 1979 Bowie Kuhn orders Major League Baseball to give equal access to female reporters.
  • 11 Mar 1979 Randy Hold receives 67 minutes in penalties in a 60 minute NHL hockey game.
  • 13 Mar 1979 European Monetary System is established, ECU created.
  • 14 Mar 1979 In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
  • 15 Mar 1979 Sarfraz takes 9-86 at Melbourne Cricket Ground as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test.
  • 16 Mar 1979 CBS-TV airs Wings Over the World with Paul McCartney
  • 17 Mar 1979 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk and G Karponosov USSR
  • 18 Mar 1979 On the 20th Century closes at St. James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 19 Mar 1979 House of Reps begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • 20 Mar 1979 Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center.
  • 21 Mar 1979 Egyptian Parliament unanimously approves peace treaty with Israel.
  • 22 Mar 1979 NHL votes to accept four WHA teams (Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, and Hartford Whalers).
  • 23 Mar 1979 Wings release Goodnight Tonight
  • 24 Mar 1979 Ballroom closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • 25 Mar 1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament.
  • 26 Mar 1979 Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt
  • 27 Mar 1979 US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that police can't randomly stop cars.
  • 28 Mar 1979 Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
  • 29 Mar 1979 Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball versus Pakistan at WACA.
  • 30 Mar 1979 Airey Neave, World War II veteran and Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, is killed by an Irish National Liberation Army bomb in the British House of Commons car park.
  • 31 Mar 1979 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 08 Mar 1979 Images taken by Voyager I proved the existence of volcanoes on Io, a moon of Jupiter.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  2. - I Will Survive
  3. - Tragedy
  4. - Fire
  5. - What A Fool Believes

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - I Will Survive
  2. - Bright Eyes
  3. - Oliver's Army
  4. - Some Girls
  5. - Tragedy


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in March 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.

Dubin'S Lives by Bernard Malamud

Dubin'S Lives


A new introduction by Thomas MallonDubin, Lives (1979), is a compassionate and wise commedia. Christopher Lehmann–Haupt praised the book in The New York Times as Malamud’s "best novel since".

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.

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.

The Stories Of John Cheever by John Cheever

The Stories Of John Cheever


NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE Pulitzer Prize. The Stories of John Cheever became a national bestseller immediately after its publication. It also won the Pulitzer Prize. In