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 Cold War: 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)
  • 01 Nov 1979 In Bolivia, Colonel Alberto Natusch executes a bloody coup d'état against the constitutional government of Wálter Guevara.
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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?


Which were the most popular books released in November 1979?

Anatomy Of An Illness by Norman Cousins

Anatomy Of An Illness


Norman Cousins' groundbreaking, best-selling book on how to combat life-threatening illnesses through humor is Anatomy of an Illness. It was written by a patient who spoke for the first time.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Memories Of Another Day by Harold Robbins

Memories Of Another Day


"Robbins grabs and holds the reader ..." -Publishers Weekly His characters are compelling, his dialog is dramatic, and he has a simple style.

Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin

Cruel Shoes


Cruel Shoes

Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe

Class Reunion


Fictional Novel, Literary Fiction