May 1979 calendar

May 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1979?


  • 01 May 1979 Marshall Islands (in the Pacific) become self-governing.
  • 02 May 1979 Quadrophenia premieres in London
  • 03 May 1979 1st woman Prime Minister of Great Britain
  • 04 May 1979 Jackie Mercer wins her fourth golf title 31 years after her first.
  • 05 May 1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4.
  • 06 May 1979 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 81.8 kph over 200 metres.
  • 07 May 1979 Gary Roenicke hits into Baltimore Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland Athletics).
  • 08 May 1979 Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 09 May 1979 US and the USSR sign Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons
  • 10 May 1979 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]
  • 13 May 1979 Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall opens and closes at Mark Hellinger, New York City
  • 16 May 1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 17 May 1979 Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • 19 May 1979 In The Navy by Village People hits #3
  • 20 May 1979 I Love My Wife closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • 21 May 1979 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 22 May 1979 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau.
  • 23 May 1979 Kids Are All Right premieres
  • 24 May 1979 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar.
  • 25 May 1979 Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt.
  • 27 May 1979 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 28 May 1979 European Market accepts Greece as member.
  • 30 May 1979 Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit Tigers, beats brother Tom.
  • 31 May 1979 I Remember Mama opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 03 May 1979 Margaret Thatcher wins the United Kingdom general election.[9] The following day, she becomes the first female British Prime Minister.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Reunited
  2. - Hot Stuff
  3. - Heart Of Glass
  4. - Music Box Dancer
  5. - In The Navy

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Bright Eyes
  2. - Sunday Girl
  3. - Pop Muzik
  4. - Ring My Bell
  5. - Dance Away


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1979?

Lauren Bacall By Myself by Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall By Myself


"In a Word, LAUREN BALALL BY of the most real-life heroines in our time...and she wrote it as she lived it. "BOSTON

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

Mommie Dearest


Mommie Dearest, a memoir and expose by Christina Crawford (adopted daughter of Joan Crawford), is written by Christina Crawford. The book depicts Christina's childhood as well as her relationship with her mother.

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".

Shibumi by Trevanian



Nicholai Hül is the most wanted man in the world. He was born in Shanghai during World War I chaos. His parents were an aristocratic Russian mother, and a mysterious German father.

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