1979

The USA was guided by the steady hand of Jimmy Carter as the world population rose to roughly 4.4 billion.

1979

For newly-minted parents, the most popular names were Michael and Jennifer. Included amongst that sea of Mikes and Jens were some notable figures: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson, Kevin Hart, and Pink. While we gained those vocalists and thespians, 1979 also witnessed the curtains closing on the founder of Hilton Hotels, Conrad Hilton; the Canadian-American steel magnate, Cyrus Eaton; the American actor, John Wayne; and the President of Afghanistan, Nur Mohammed Taraki.

Douglas Adams surged to the top of library ordering lists with the first printing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The movies were awash with popular and classic titles like Alien, The Warriors, and The Amityville Horror. Read on to discover how 1979 changed the world.

The year 1979 saw some notable firsts: the first person killed by a robot, the first gay and lesbian civil rights march on Washington, the first female prime minister of the UK, the first discovery of an extraterrestrial volcano, and the first recorded instance of a comet hitting the sun.

Meanwhile, the world’s inventors brought ideas like fleece, rollerblades, and the Walkman to life. While the US and China began diplomatic relations, the relationships between the People’s Republic and Vietnam soured with the start of the Sino-Vietnam war. Meanwhile, in the US, the government approved the development of a Department of Education. This year also marked the 100-millionth guest to visit the happiest place on earth (Walt Disney World).

If you reminisce of all those jogs spent with your Walkman at your side, you better write a thank-you note to the year 1979.

Discover how the world looked like in 1979

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 52nd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

Best director

Robert Benton

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Dustin Hoffman

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Sally Field

Norma Rae

Norma Rae

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Starring: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman, Pat Hingle

Best supporting actor

Melvyn Douglas

Being There

Being There

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Meryl Streep

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1979 ?
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Chesapeake by James A. Michener

Chesapeake

By:

In this classic novel, James A. Michener brings his grand epic tradition to bear on the four-hundred-year saga of America’s Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the modern age.

The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

The Matarese Circle

By:

An international circle of killers, the Matarese will undoubtedly take over the world within just two years. Only two rival spies have the power to stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov,

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

How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years

By:

Howard J. Ruff, author, financial advisor, founder and editor of The Ruff Times Financial Newsletter. In 1975, Howard began publication of The Ruff Times, a groundbreaking financial advisory newsletter.

Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

Hanta Yo

By:

Stated first edition.

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

Mommie Dearest

By:

Mommie Dearest is a memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. The book, which depicts Christina's childhood and her relationship with her mother, was

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1979


Peace Prize

  • Mother Teresa

Physics

  • Sheldon Lee Glashow
  • Abdus Salam
  • Steven Weinberg

Economic Sciences

  • Theodore Schultz
  • Arthur Lewis

Literature

  • Odysseas Elytis

Chemistry

  • Herbert C. Brown
  • Georg Wittig

Physiology or Medicine

  • Allan McLeod Cormack
  • Godfrey Hounsfield

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Country: United States of America

Alien

Alien

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Country: United States of America

Stalker

Stalker

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Country: United States of America

Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Directed by: Terry Jones

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam

Country: United States of America

Manhattan

Manhattan

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1979 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1979


Population statistics

  • Total population: 4.4 billion (4,380,506,100 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 1.7 billion, that is 39.0% of the total population of 1979 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +75.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.76%
  • Average density: 29.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1979?


Events

  • 01 Jan International Year of the Child begins
  • 02 Jan Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (versus West Indies).
  • 04 Jan The State of Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in the Kent State shootings.
  • 07 Jan Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • 08 Jan 512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 09 Jan Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin.
  • 10 Jan 1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • 11 Jan Grand Tour opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 12 Jan Record blizzard strikes American midwest killing over 100.
  • 13 Jan Charlie Daniels hosts the Volunteer Jam.
  • 14 Jan US President Jimmy Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday.
  • 16 Jan Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
  • 17 Jan Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
  • 18 Jan Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America", in Florence, Oregon.
  • 19 Jan John N Mitchell (former Attorney General) released on parole from federal prison.
  • 21 Jan Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • 23 Jan Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 24 Jan US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 25 Jan 22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan.
  • 26 Jan Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • 27 Jan 36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda.
  • 28 Jan Wiz closes at Majestic Theater New York City, New York after 1672 performances.
  • 29 Jan 9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7
  • 30 Jan Rhodesia agrees to new constitution.
  • 01 Feb Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank robbery.
  • 03 Feb YMCA by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
  • 04 Feb Co-Ed Fever, TV Comedy, debut and cancelled that outing on CBS
  • 05 Feb Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time.
  • 06 Feb Supreme court of Lahore Pakistan affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto.
  • 07 Feb Supertrain, TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • 08 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 09 Feb 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • 10 Feb February 11 ampndash The Iranian army mutinies and joins the Islamic Revolution.
  • 11 Feb 43 million watch Elvis! on ABC
  • 12 Feb Kosmos 1076, first Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched.
  • 13 Feb 2nd Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 14 Feb Whoopee! opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • 15 Feb Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hours 40 minutes
  • 16 Feb George Harrison releases Blow Away
  • 17 Feb China invades Vietnam
  • 18 Feb Miniseries Roots: Next Generations premieres on ABC TV
  • 21 Feb Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite and Corsa-B (550 / 580 km)
  • 22 Feb Cleveland (Ohio) Metroparks Zoo's Primate and Cat Building is dedicated.
  • 23 Feb Sarava opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • 24 Feb War between North and South Yemen begins.
  • 25 Feb Soyuz 32 carries 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
  • 26 Feb Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental USA.
  • 27 Feb The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana is canceled due to a strike called by the New Orleans Police Department.
  • 28 Feb In Mt. Saint Elias, Alaska, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurs.
  • 01 Mar Sweeney Todd opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • 04 Mar Grand Tour closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances
  • 05 Mar Soviet probes Venera 11, Venera 12 and the American solar satellite Helios II all are hit by ''off the scale'' gamma rays leading to the discovery of soft gamma repeaters.
  • 07 Mar Warren Giles and Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 08 Mar Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale.
  • 09 Mar Bowie Kuhn orders Major League Baseball to give equal access to female reporters.
  • 11 Mar Randy Hold receives 67 minutes in penalties in a 60 minute NHL hockey game.
  • 13 Mar European Monetary System is established, ECU created.
  • 14 Mar In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
  • 15 Mar Sarfraz takes 9-86 at Melbourne Cricket Ground as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test.
  • 16 Mar CBS-TV airs Wings Over the World with Paul McCartney
  • 17 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk and G Karponosov USSR
  • 18 Mar On the 20th Century closes at St. James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • 19 Mar House of Reps begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
  • 20 Mar Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center.
  • 21 Mar Egyptian Parliament unanimously approves peace treaty with Israel.
  • 22 Mar NHL votes to accept four WHA teams (Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, and Hartford Whalers).
  • 23 Mar Wings release Goodnight Tonight
  • 24 Mar Ballroom closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • 25 Mar Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament.
  • 26 Mar Camp David peace treaty between Israel and Egypt
  • 27 Mar US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that police can't randomly stop cars.
  • 28 Mar Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths)
  • 29 Mar Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball versus Pakistan at WACA.
  • 30 Mar 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 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 01 Apr Iran becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah.
  • 02 Apr Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo, Egypt; meets President Anwar Sadat.
  • 03 Apr Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • 04 Apr President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • 05 Apr Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper.
  • 07 Apr Houston Astros' Ken Forsch pitches no-hitter against Atlanta Braves, 6-0.
  • 08 Apr Carmelina opens at St. James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • 09 Apr 51st Academy Awards - The Deer Hunter, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda win. Walter Lantz is given an honorary Oscar for his animated motion pictures.
  • 10 Apr J R Richard throws major league record six wild pitches in Astrodome.
  • 11 Apr Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda Idi Amin flees.
  • 12 Apr Soyuz 33 returns to Earth.
  • 13 Apr Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.
  • 14 Apr Susan Horvath, of Pennsylvania, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year.
  • 15 Apr 43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280.
  • 16 Apr Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for Buried child
  • 17 Apr Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa quotalmost certainlyquot took part in the massacre.
  • 18 Apr Real People premieres on NBC TV
  • 19 Apr FCC raids and shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn NY)
  • 20 Apr President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, USA.
  • 21 Apr Carmelina closes at St. James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 22 Apr Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada
  • 24 Apr Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election.
  • 25 Apr Peace treaty between Israel and Egypt goes into effect.
  • 27 Apr George Harrison releases Love Comes to Everyone
  • 29 Apr Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic.
  • 30 Apr Mary Therese Friel of New York crowned 28th Miss USA.
  • 01 May Marshall Islands (in the Pacific) become self-governing.
  • 02 May Quadrophenia premieres in London
  • 03 May 1st woman Prime Minister of Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher)
  • 04 May Jackie Mercer wins her fourth golf title 31 years after her first.
  • 05 May 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4.
  • 06 May Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 81.8 kph over 200 metres.
  • 07 May Gary Roenicke hits into Baltimore Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland Athletics).
  • 08 May Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3
  • 09 May US and the USSR sign Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons
  • 10 May 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 Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall opens and closes at Mark Hellinger, New York City
  • 16 May NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 17 May Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation
  • 19 May In The Navy by Village People hits #3
  • 20 May I Love My Wife closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • 21 May Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 22 May Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau.
  • 23 May Kids Are All Right premieres
  • 24 May Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar.
  • 25 May Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt.
  • 27 May Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic.
  • 28 May European Market accepts Greece as member.
  • 30 May Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit Tigers, beats brother Tom.
  • 31 May I Remember Mama opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 01 Jun 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Washington Bullets, 4 games to 1
  • 02 Jun NASA launches space vehicle S-198.
  • 03 Jun Madwoman of Central Park West opens on Broadway
  • 04 Jun South-African President Vorster resigns due to scandal
  • 05 Jun Seychelles adopts constitution
  • 06 Jun Josef Mengeles corpse excavated in Brazil
  • 07 Jun 52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature
  • 08 Jun Mariners draft Al Chambers #1
  • 09 Jun 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • 10 Jun 25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young
  • 11 Jun Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months
  • 12 Jun Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association in Boston
  • 13 Jun Madwoman of Central Park West opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • 14 Jun New York Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record
  • 15 Jun 1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds
  • 16 Jun Logical Song by Supertramp peaks at #6
  • 17 Jun Sarava closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • 18 Jun US President Carter and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty
  • 19 Jun In New York 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as Yank mgr
  • 20 Jun Bill Stewart, ABC television news correspondant, and his interpreter Juan Espinosa are executed by a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier while attempting to film war destruction in Nicaragua. The murders are caught on tape, and the footage is later shown on news broadcasts.
  • 21 Jun Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
  • 22 Jun Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 23 Jun Rock group The Knack releases "My Sharona".
  • 24 Jun Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 25 Jun Got Tu Go Disco opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 26 Jun Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final
  • 27 Jun Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities
  • 28 Jun OPEC raises oil prices 24%
  • 29 Jun Moonraker premieres in US
  • 30 Jun Got To Go Disco closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 01 Jul Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6 of snow
  • 02 Jul Susan B Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman
  • 03 Jul U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
  • 04 Jul Algerian ex-President Ben Bella freed
  • 06 Jul 86th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris Evert (64 64)
  • 08 Jul Congo adopts constitution
  • 09 Jul Dr Walter Massey is named director of Argonne national Lab.
  • 10 Jul Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion
  • 11 Jul US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia and disintegrates
  • 12 Jul Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild and causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers
  • 13 Jul George Harrison releases Faster
  • 15 Jul Morarji Desai resigns as Premier of India
  • 16 Jul Premier / President al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein
  • 17 Jul 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • 18 Jul Gold hits record US$303.85 an ounce in London, England.
  • 19 Jul 2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill
  • 21 Jul 108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham
  • 22 Jul Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 23 Jul George Brett gets his 1,000th hit
  • 24 Jul President Carter names Paul Volcker, President of Federal Reserves
  • 25 Jul 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • 26 Jul Estimated 109 cm (43 inches) of rain falls in Alvin, Texas (national record).
  • 28 Jul Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a second three home run game.
  • 29 Jul 7th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Amy Alcott
  • 31 Jul But Never Jam Today opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 01 Aug Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • 02 Aug Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • 03 Aug Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, Rhode Island.
  • 04 Aug Italian government of Cossiga begins
  • 05 Aug But Never Jam Today closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 06 Aug 61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • 07 Aug Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
  • 08 Aug Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • 09 Aug English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • 10 Aug Ecuador adopts its constitution
  • 11 Aug Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • 12 Aug Whoopee! closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 13 Aug Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits
  • 14 Aug Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a three hour duration.
  • 15 Aug Andrew Young resigns as United Nations ambassador.
  • 17 Aug 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed
  • 18 Aug Iran Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds
  • 19 Aug My Sharonna by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days)
  • 20 Aug India Premier Charan Singh resigns
  • 21 Aug Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • 22 Aug 200 black leaders, meet in NY, to support Andrew Young
  • 23 Aug Iran army opens offensive against Kurds
  • 24 Aug Cars play concert in New York Central Park
  • 25 Aug Madwoman of Central Park West closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • 26 Aug Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 27 Aug 18 British militia die in ambush / bomb attack in Northern Ireland
  • 28 Aug IRA bomb explodes on Brussels Great Market
  • 29 Aug Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network
  • 30 Aug 1st recorded occurrance-comet hits sun (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs)
  • 31 Aug 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open
  • 01 Sep Debbie Boone and Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA
  • 02 Sep I Remember Mama closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • 03 Sep Iran army conquerors Mahabad
  • 04 Sep India need 438 to win vs. England, game ends at 8-429
  • 05 Sep Canada puts its 1st gold bullion coin on sale
  • 06 Sep Peter Pan opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • 07 Sep Five-day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Gardens, New York.
  • 08 Sep Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980
  • 09 Sep 31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman and Ruth Gordon
  • 10 Sep Three Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill US President Harry Truman are freed.
  • 12 Sep Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits
  • 13 Sep China PR performs nuclear test
  • 15 Sep Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL and NL (Astros)
  • 16 Sep 23rd Ryder Cup: US, 17-11 at Greenbrier
  • 17 Sep Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72)
  • 18 Sep The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • 19 Sep No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen and Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • 20 Sep Coup in Central African Republic: David Dacko overthrows Emperor Bokassa I
  • 22 Sep Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean
  • 23 Sep Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • 24 Sep CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service
  • 25 Sep Evita opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • 26 Sep 1984 summer Los Angeles Olympic coverage sold to ABC for US$225 million.
  • 27 Sep Elton John, sick with flu, collapse on Hollywood Universal Ampitheater
  • 28 Sep Larry Holmes (retaining championship) knocks out Earnie Shavers in 11 rounds.
  • 29 Sep Bad Case Of Loving You by Robert Palmer peaks at #14
  • 30 Sep Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • 01 Oct Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes President
  • 03 Oct A EF4 Tornado hits Windsor Locks, CT causing extensive damage to the town.
  • 04 Oct Hugh Leonards Life, premieres in Dublin
  • 05 Oct Luke rapes Laura on General Hospital
  • 06 Oct Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House.
  • 07 Oct Eubie! closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • 08 Oct Sugar Babies opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances
  • 09 Oct Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn
  • 10 Oct Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood
  • 11 Oct Most Happy Fella opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 12 Oct Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • 14 Oct 100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy
  • 15 Oct 1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stadium)
  • 16 Oct A tsunami in Nice, France kills 23 people.
  • 17 Oct Beatlemania closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • 18 Oct Beatlemania opens in London
  • 19 Oct 13 Marines die in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan as a result of Typhoon Tip. US Marine Corps
  • 20 Oct Bob Dylan appears on SNL
  • 21 Oct 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • 22 Oct Walt Disney World welcomes its 100-millionth guest, Kurt Miller.
  • 23 Oct Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches
  • 24 Oct Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy
  • 27 Oct St. Vincent and Grenadines becomes independent of the UK (National Day)
  • 28 Oct Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin
  • 29 Oct Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)
  • 30 Oct Richard Arrington elected Mayor of Birmingham
  • 31 Oct Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 01 Nov A L Webber musical Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, premieres
  • 02 Nov Peter Shaffers musical Amadeus, premieres in London
  • 03 Nov 5 mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in North Carolina
  • 04 Nov 500 Iranian students seize US embassy, take 90 hostages (444 days)
  • 05 Nov Iran government of Bazargan resigns
  • 06 Nov Ayatolla Khomeini takes over in Iran
  • 07 Nov Cub reliever Bruce Sutter wins NL Cy Young Award
  • 08 Nov ABC broadcasts Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage with Frank Reynolds (forerunner to Nightline)
  • 09 Nov 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 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 Boston Court issues occupancy permit for Cambridge Buddhist Center
  • 12 Nov President Carter announces immediate halt to all imports of Iranian oil
  • 13 Nov British newspaper Times resumes publishing after 1 year
  • 14 Nov 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 ABC-TV announces it would broadcast nightly specials on Iran hostage situation.
  • 16 Nov Paul McCartney releases Wonderful Christmas
  • 17 Nov Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball
  • 18 Nov Ayatollah Khomeini charges US ambassador / embassy espionage
  • 19 Nov Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract
  • 20 Nov 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 Crowd at Islamabad, Pakistan attack US embassy, 1 dies
  • 23 Nov In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.
  • 24 Nov US admits troops in Vietnam were exposed to the toxic Agent Orange
  • 25 Nov Most Happy Fella closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 26 Nov International Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • 28 Nov King of Schnorrers opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 30 Nov Ted Koppel becomes anchor of nightly news on Iranian Hostages (ABC)
  • 02 Dec Crowds attack US embassy at Tripoli, Libya.
  • 03 Dec Iran accepts constitution.
  • 04 Dec Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey number 7, Bingo Smith.
  • 05 Dec Ireland premier Jack Lynch resigns.
  • 06 Dec The world premiere for ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture'' is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • 09 Dec Murle Breer / Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 10 Dec Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster (Life is Worth Living), dies from a heart attack in New York City, New York at age 84.
  • 11 Dec Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
  • 12 Dec Gold hits record US$462.50 an ounce.
  • 13 Dec Oklahoma! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • 14 Dec US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 15 Dec World Court in Hague rules Iran should release all US hostages.
  • 16 Dec 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0).
  • 17 Dec Stanley Barrett in Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 km/h (739.666 MPH, record for wheeled vehicle).
  • 18 Dec Stanley Barrett 1st to exceed land sonic speed (739.666 mph)
  • 21 Dec Zimbabwe adopts constitution.
  • 23 Dec New York Islanders' greatest shutout loss (8-0) versus Chicago Black Hawks.
  • 24 Dec 1st Ariane-rocket launched
  • 25 Dec USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
  • 26 Dec In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.
  • 27 Dec Knots Landing, premieres on CBS-TV
  • 29 Dec Red Army beats New York Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum.
  • 30 Dec Rock group Emerson, Lake, and Palmer break up.
  • 31 Dec Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts.