October 1979 calendar

October 1979

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1979?


  • 01 Oct 1979 Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes President
  • 03 Oct 1979 A EF4 Tornado hits Windsor Locks, CT causing extensive damage to the town.
  • 04 Oct 1979 Hugh Leonards Life, premieres in Dublin
  • 05 Oct 1979 Luke rapes Laura on General Hospital
  • 06 Oct 1979 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
  • 07 Oct 1979 Eubie! closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • 08 Oct 1979 Sugar Babies opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances
  • 09 Oct 1979 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn
  • 10 Oct 1979 Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 11 Oct 1979 Most Happy Fella opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 12 Oct 1979 Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • 14 Oct 1979 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
  • 15 Oct 1979 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stadium)
  • 16 Oct 1979 A tsunami in Nice, France kills 23 people.
  • 17 Oct 1979 Beatlemania closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • 18 Oct 1979 Beatlemania opens in London
  • 19 Oct 1979 13 Marines die in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan as a result of Typhoon Tip. US Marine Corps
  • 20 Oct 1979 Bob Dylan appears on SNL
  • 21 Oct 1979 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • 22 Oct 1979 Walt Disney World welcomes its 100-millionth guest, Kurt Miller.
  • 23 Oct 1979 Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
  • 24 Oct 1979 Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
  • 27 Oct 1979 Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide.
  • 28 Oct 1979 Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • 29 Oct 1979 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • 30 Oct 1979 Richard Arrington elected Mayor of Birmingham
  • 31 Oct 1979 Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 01 Oct 1979 Pope John Paul II begins his first pastoral visit to the United States.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - Sad Eyes
  2. - Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  3. - Rise
  4. - Pop Muzik
  5. - My Sharona

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Video Killed The Radio Star
  2. - Message In A Bottle
  3. - One Day At A Time
  4. - Dreaming
  5. - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 1979?

Quest For The Best by Stanley Marcus

Quest For The Best


Who better to tell you what is the best than the man who has made Neiman Marcus synonymous for excellence for over fifty years?

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff

How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years


Howard J. Ruff is an author, financial advisor and founder of The Ruff Times Financial Newsletter. Howard started publication of The Ruff Times in 1975. It is a pioneering financial advisory newsletter.

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

I'M Dancing As Fast As I Can by Barbara Gordon

I'M Dancing As Fast As I Can


Barbara Gordon's remarkable memoir is about a woman who thinks she has it all. She works as a documentary producer for Emmy-awarded documentary producers, and she loves the man she loves.