November 1979 calendar

November 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1979?


  • 01 Nov 1979 A L Webber musical Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, premieres
  • 02 Nov 1979 Peter Shaffers musical Amadeus, premieres in London
  • 03 Nov 1979 5 mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in North Carolina
  • 04 Nov 1979 500 Iranian students seize US embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)
  • 05 Nov 1979 Iran government of Bazargan resigns
  • 06 Nov 1979 Ayatolla Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • 07 Nov 1979 Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 08 Nov 1979 ABC broadcasts Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to Nightline)
  • 09 Nov 1979 Nuclear false alarm: the NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland detected purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early warning radars, the alert is cancelled.
  • 10 Nov 1979 A 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals from Windsor, Ontario, Canada derails in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, causing a massive explosion and the largest peacetime evacuation in Canadian history and one of the largest in North American history.
  • 11 Nov 1979 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • 12 Nov 1979 President Carter announces immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil
  • 13 Nov 1979 British newspaper Times resumes publishing after 1 year
  • 14 Nov 1979 Iran hostage crisis: US President Jimmy Carter issues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.
  • 15 Nov 1979 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage situation.
  • 16 Nov 1979 Paul McCartney releases Wonderful Christmas
  • 17 Nov 1979 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball
  • 18 Nov 1979 Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador / embassy espionage
  • 19 Nov 1979 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract
  • 20 Nov 1979 Grand Mosque Seizure: About 200 Sunni Muslims revolt in Saudi Arabia at the site of the Kaaba in Mecca during the pilgrimage and take about 6000 hostages. The Saudi government receives help from French special forces to put down the uprising.
  • 21 Nov 1979 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • 23 Nov 1979 In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.
  • 24 Nov 1979 US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • 25 Nov 1979 Most Happy Fella closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 26 Nov 1979 International Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • 28 Nov 1979 King of Schnorrers opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 30 Nov 1979 Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iranian Hostages (ABC)

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • French criminal (Born 1936).

  • wife of Charles de Gaulle (Born 1900).

  • Merle Oberon

    Eurasian-American actress who appeared in over 20 films including "The Private Life of Henry VIII," 1933, "Over The Moon," 1937, "The...

  • Italian actor, the robust lead in a variety of Italian films from the mid-'30s following an active stage career.

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Music charts

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

  1. - Pop Muzik
  2. - Heartache Tonight
  3. - Still
  4. - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
  5. - Dim All The Lights

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman
  2. - Another Brick In The Wall
  3. - One Day At A Time
  4. - Walking On The Moon
  5. - Crazy Little Thing Called Loveyoutube


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Lord Schmetterhemd

Lord Schmetterhemd

Release year: 1979

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

Release year: 1979

Directed by: John Woo

Starring: Pai Wei, Damian Lau, Kong Lau, Chiu-Hua Wei

The Rose

The Rose

Release year: 1979

Directed by: Mark Rydell

Starring: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton

I'm for the Hippopotamus

I'm for the Hippopotamus

Release year: 1979

Directed by: Italo Zingarelli

Starring: Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Joe Bugner, May Dlamini

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Release year: 1979

Directed by: Robert Wise

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in November 1979?
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The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express


Theroux begins by taking the rush-hour subway to South Station in Boston, to catch the Lake Shore Limited train to Chicago. Theroux then takes the Old Patagonian Express steam locomotive, which is quirky and wandering, to get to his destination.

There'S No Such Place As Far Away by Richard Bach

There'S No Such Place As Far Away


Rae Hansen, a five-year-old girl from Texas, invited Richard Bach to her fifth birthday party. Rae and Richard were separated by thousands of miles, through storms, deserts, mountains, and even a thousand miles.

The Establishment by Howard Fast

The Establishment


She will stand up for her family, regardless of the cost. Barbara Lavette, a former socialite, is not concerned about gossip surrounding her new marriage. Her husband Bernie, a mechanic from poverty who she met during World War II, will …

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck

Aunt Erma'S Cope Book


"Her audience includes anyone who has ever been married, had children, reached middle age, or owned a dog, duck, or both. "DALLAS TIMES HERALDIn this book Erma comes out of the kitchen with these

The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock

The Bronx Zoo


Behind the scenes look at Yankee's players, including Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner, the baseball owner.