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1979Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland

1979Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

1979Margaret Thatcher 1st woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

197999th US Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5 6-3 6-3)

197993rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats R Tanner (67 61 36 63 64)

1979Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

1979Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

1979Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House

197986th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-4 6-4)

1979Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

1979Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

1979108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham

1979Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

19796th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

1979Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1979A package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

1979Ronald Reagan in NY announces his candidacy for US President

1979Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

197913th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

1979Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

19795th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

1979Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

1979Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada

1979Elton John, sick with flu, collapse on Hollywood Universal Ampitheater

1979George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

1979Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC

1979John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a communist country (Poland)

1979Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

197925th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

1979Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

1979Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents

1979Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat

1979Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

1979Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

1979Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie

1979"Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

1979Pres Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday

1979George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

1979Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic

1979CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

1979Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship

1979Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"

1979US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga

1979Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

1979Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

1979Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament

19791st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John

1979"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

1979Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution

1979Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish their influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing the term and idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology

1979Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000

1979Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, DC

1979Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

197936th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda

19791st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO

1979Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

1979Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

1979Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Conner as a bishop

197949th French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (62 60)

1979Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament

1979Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

1979Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history

1979Bob Dylan appears on Saturday Night Live

1979Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers

1979Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits

1979Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc

1979"The Deer Hunter", starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, is released

1979Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals

1979George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic

1979Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

1979"Apocalypse Now", starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released

1979Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

197914th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship

1979NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

1979Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR

1979Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

197949th French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Victor Pecci (63 61 67 64)

1979"Alien", starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, is released

1979Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Nastase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

1979George Harrison releases "Faster"

1979Willie Stargell & Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

1979George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

197951st Academy Awards - "Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win

1979 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
International Year of the Child begins 
Jan 1
Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established 
Jan 1
US & China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations 
Jan 2
30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver 
Jan 2
Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (v WI) 
Jan 2
Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins 
Jan 6
The Village People's Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day 
Jan 7
Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge 
Jan 8
512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up 
Jan 8
Argentina & Chile sign Beagle Canal accord 
Jan 8
Today Show gets a new theme song 
Jan 8
Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge & occupy Phnom Penh 
Jan 9
Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin 
Jan 9
High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws 
Jan 9
K-Mart pulls Steve Martin's "Let's Get Small" for being in "bad taste" 
Jan 9
Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses 
Jan 9
Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins 
Jan 10
1st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks 
Jan 10
Entertainer of the Year Awards 
Jan 11
"Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances 
Jan 12
6th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win 
Jan 12
LA's Hillside Strangler, Kenneth Bianchi, arrested in Bellingham 
Jan 12
Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100 
Jan 13
Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam 
Jan 13
YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song 
Jan 14
Pres Carter proposes Martin Luther King's birthday be a holiday 
Jan 16
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran for Egypt during the Iranian Revolution 
Jan 16
Shah leaves Iran on vacation, never to return; Bakhtiar government established by the Shah to preside until unrest subsides 
Jan 17
NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers 
Jan 17
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Jan 18
Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America," Florence Oregon 
Jan 19
John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison 
Jan 20
1 million Iranians march in Tehran in a show of support for the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini, fundamentalist Muslim leader 
Jan 21
Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer) 
Jan 21
Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz 
Jan 21
Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB 
Jan 23
Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
Jan 24
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Jan 25
22.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan 
Jan 25
Pope John Paul II's 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff 
Jan 25
1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US 
Jan 26
"Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on CBS's vast wasteland 
Jan 26
Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth 
Jan 27
36th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight & Jane Fonda 
Jan 27
Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8) 
Jan 28
"Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances 
Jan 28
Arthur Kopit's "Wings," premieres in NYC 
Jan 29
9th AFC-NFC pro bowl, NFC wins 13-7 
Jan 29
Brenda Spencer kills 2, inspires Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays" 
Jan 29
Chinese vice-premier Deng Xiaoping visits Washington, DC 
Jan 29
Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together 
Jan 29
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7 
Jan 29
Pres Carter commuted Patricia Hearst's 7 year sentence to 2 years 
Jan 30
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) agrees to new constitution 
Jan 30
Varig 707-323C freighter, flown by the same commander as Flight 820, disappears over the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after taking off from Tokyo. 
Feb 1
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years in exile 
Feb 1
Patricia Hearst is released from a SF prison for bank robbery 
Feb 1
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Feb 3
"YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart 
Feb 3
Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players 
Feb 3
US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne 
Feb 3
US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner 
Feb 4
"Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS 
Feb 4
End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 yrs (WSC, SCG) 
Feb 4
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament 
Feb 5
Costliest single periodical ad, $3.2 million, Gulf + Western in Time 
Feb 5
Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS 
Feb 6
Supreme court of Lahore affirms death sentence against premier Bhutto 
Feb 7
"Supertrain," TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC 
Feb 7
Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds pres Boumedienne in Algeria 
Feb 7
Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI v India at Kanpur 
Feb 7
Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles 
Feb 8
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 8
Denis Sassou-Nguesso became the President of the Republic of the Congo for the first time. 
Feb 9
21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey 
Feb 9
ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special 
Feb 9
Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind" 
Feb 9
Nigeria amends constitution 
Feb 10
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1 
Feb 10
Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed 
Feb 11
"They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 perfs 
Feb 11
43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC 
Feb 11
Emmy News & Documentaries Award presentation 
Feb 11
Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power 
Feb 11
Musical "They're Playing Our Song," premieres in NYC 
Feb 12
Kosmos 1076, 1st Soviet oceanographic satellite, launched 
Feb 12
Bakhtiar resigns as prime minister of Iran after losing support of the military 
Feb 13
2nd Emmy Sports Award presentation 
Feb 13
Washington State's Hood Canal Bridge breaks up in windstorm 
Feb 14
"Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances 
Feb 14
In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police. 
Feb 15
21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins 
Feb 15
Paul Shirley (21) of Australia, sucked a lifesaver for 4 hrs 40 mins 
Feb 15
Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show 
Feb 15
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 16
George Harrison releases "Blow Away" 
Feb 16
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk 
Feb 17
China invades Vietnam, marking the start of the Sino-Vietnamese War 
Feb 17
Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99) 
Feb 18
-52°F (-47°C), Old Forge, New York (state record) 
Feb 18
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic 
Feb 18
Miniseries "Roots: Next Generations" premieres on ABC TV 
Feb 18
NASA launches space vehicle S-202 
Feb 18
Pres Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh 
Feb 18
Snow falls in Sahara Desert 
Feb 20
"Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances 
Feb 20
11 loyalists known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast 
Feb 21
Japan launches Hakucho x-ray satellite & Corsa-B (550/580 km) 
Feb 21
2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period 
Feb 22
Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's 
Feb 22
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated 
Feb 22
St Lucia gains independence from Britain 
Feb 23
"Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances 
Feb 23
Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps 
Feb 23
George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album 
Feb 23
"The Deer Hunter", starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, is released 
Feb 24
Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas 
Feb 24
War between North & South Yemen begins 
Feb 25
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
Feb 25
Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched 
Feb 26
Last total eclipse of Sun in 20th century for continental US 
Feb 28
Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond," premieres in NYC 
Mar 1
"Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances 
Mar 4
"Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances 
Mar 4
200th episode of "All in the Family" 
Mar 4
Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
Mar 4
US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings 
Mar 5
Voyager I's closest approach to Jupiter (172,000 miles) 
Mar 5
Iran resumes petroleum exports 
Mar 7
Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires 
Mar 7
Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame 
Mar 7
5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
Mar 8
1st extraterrestrial volcano discovered (Jupiter's satellite Io) 
Mar 8
China withdraws invasion troops from Vietnam 
Mar 8
Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) transported 38 miles overland from Palmdale 
Mar 9
Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters 
Mar 9
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Mar 11
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic 
Mar 11
Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game 
Mar 13
European Monetary System is established, ECU created 
Mar 13
Gairy dictatorship in Grenada overthrown by New Jewel Movement 
Mar 13
Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick 
Mar 14
A Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, China, killing at least 200. 
Mar 15
Apparat releases Newdos + 2.1 for Radio Shack's TRS-80 
Mar 15
Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick 
Mar 15
Sarfraz takes 9-86 at MCG as Australia lose 7-5 to lose the Test 
Mar 16
CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney 
Mar 17
Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR 
Mar 17
Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Tai Babilonia & R Gardner USA 
Mar 17
Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR) 
Mar 17
Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne 
Mar 17
The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers 
Mar 18
"On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 perfs 
Mar 18
Battles between Kurds & Iranians break in Sananday Iran 
Mar 18
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic 
Mar 19
House of Reps begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN 
Mar 20
Columbia flies on Shuttle carrier aircraft to Kennedy Space Center 
Mar 21
Egyptian Parliament unanimously approve peace treaty with Israel 
Mar 22
Israeli parliament approves peace treaty with Egypt 
Mar 22
NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers) 
Mar 22
The Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinate Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag 
Mar 22
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode 24 bombs in various locations across Northern Ireland 
Mar 23
Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title 
Mar 23
Wings release "Goodnight Tonight" 
Mar 24
"Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances 
Mar 24
1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes 
Mar 24
Columbia flown on carrier aircraft lands at Kennedy Space Center 
Mar 24
10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts 
Mar 25
Major riot at Bourda prevents day's play in WSC Supertest 
Mar 25
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sahara National Pro-Am Golf Tournament 
Mar 26
41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich State beats Indiana St 75-64 
Mar 26
Camp David peace treaty between Israel & Egypt 
Mar 26
Michigan State Spartans snaps Indiana State's 33-game win streak 
Mar 26
Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it 
Mar 26
OPEC makes full 14.5% oil price increase for 1979 effective on April 1 
Mar 27
US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can't randomly stop cars 
Mar 28
British government of Callaghan falls 
Mar 28
Lazarus & Vosburgh's "Day in Hollywood & night in Ukraine" premieres 
Mar 28
Major nuclear accident at 3 Mile Island, Middletown, Pa (no deaths) 
Mar 29
Andrew Hilditch given out handled the ball v Pakistan at WACA 
Mar 29
Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London 
Mar 29
Delhi beat Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy 
Mar 29
Last day of Test cricket for Mushtaq Mohammad 
Mar 30
Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility. 
Mar 31
The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien). 
Apr 1
Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah 
Apr 1
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open 
Apr 2
Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat 
Apr 3
Belgium's Martens government forms 
Apr 3
Jane M Byrne (D), elected 1st woman mayor of Chicago, Illinois 
Apr 4
Ex-President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed. 
Apr 5
Balt manager Earl Weaver wins his 1,000th game as a skipper 
Apr 5
Ex-premier Pol Jar flees out of Cambodia 
Apr 7
Henri La Mothe dives 28' into 12 3/8" of water 
Apr 7
Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0 
Apr 7
Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers 
Apr 8
"Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances 
Apr 8
204th & final episode of "All in the Family" 
Apr 8
8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post 
Apr 8
People's Republic of China joins IOC 
Apr 9
51st Academy Awards - "Deer Hunter", Jon Voight & Jane Fonda win 
Apr 10
J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome 
Apr 10
Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian 
Apr 10
Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people. 
Apr 11
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin overthrown; Tanzania takes Kampala 
Apr 12
Soyuz 33 returns to Earth 
Apr 13
Christian Turks occupy St Jansbasiliek 
Apr 13
Longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours 
Apr 13
Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda 
Apr 14
Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year 
Apr 15
43rd Golf Masters Championship: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280 
Apr 15
A disastrous earthquake (of M 7.1) on Montenegro coast. 
Apr 16
15th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks & Mets tie 1-1 
Apr 16
83rd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:09:27 
Apr 16
8th Boston Women's Marathon won by Joan Benoit Samuelson in 2:35:15 
Apr 16
Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium 
Apr 16
Pulitzer prize awarded to Sam Shepard for "Buried child" 
Apr 17
Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London 
Apr 17
Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point 
Apr 18
"Real People" premieres on NBC TV 
Apr 18
Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent 
Apr 19
FCC raids & shuts down pirate radio station WFAT (Brooklyn New York) 
Apr 19
Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yanks Goose Gossage & Cliff 
Apr 19
Johnson brawl, Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb 
Apr 21
"Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances 
Apr 22
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament 
Apr 22
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada 
Apr 23
Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach. 
Apr 24
Rhodesian bishop Muzorewa wins general election 
Apr 25
"Rock 'n Roll High Schools" premieres 
Apr 25
Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect 
Apr 27
George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone" 
Apr 29
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic 
Apr 30
Mary Therese Friel, (New York), crowned 28th Miss USA 
May 1
Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel 
May 1
Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland) 
May 1
Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing 
May 2
"Quadrophenia" premieres in London 
May 2
-May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka 
May 2
14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell 
May 3
Bobby Bonds hits his 300th HR (2nd to have 300 HRs & 300 stolen bases) 
May 3
Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London 
May 4
Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st 
May 4
Margaret Thatcher 1st woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 
May 4
NASA launches Fltsatcom-2 
May 5
105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4 
May 5
Masterpiece Radio Theater begins broadcasting 
May 5
Voyager 1 passes Jupiter 
May 6
Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m 
May 6
Louis LaRusso II's "Knockout" premieres in NYC 
May 6
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament 
May 6
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
May 7
5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila 
May 7
Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland) 
May 8
Radio Shack releases TRSDOS 2.3 
May 10
Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing 
May 10
John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros 
May 10
Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2] 
May 12
Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end 
May 13
"Utter Glory... Morrissey Hall" opens & closes at Mark Hellinger NYC 
May 13
Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament 
May 13
Shah of Iran & family sentenced to death in Teheran 
May 16
FC Barcelona wins 19th Europe Cup II in Basel 
May 16
NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M 
May 17
-12°F (-11°C), on top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii (state record) 
May 17
Emmy 6th Daytime Award presentation 
May 17
Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs 
May 19
"In The Navy" by Village People hits #3 
May 19
105th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2 
May 20
"I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 perfs 
May 20
1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John 
May 20
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
May 21
Dan White convicted of manslaughter death of SF mayor Moscone 
May 21
National Volksraad installed in Namibia 
May 21
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1 
May 22
Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada 
May 22
Commencement of 1st ICC Trophy (PNG v E Afr & Singapore v Arg) 
May 22
1st ACE Cable Awards: "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" by Jim Henson and HBO 
May 23
"Kids Are All Right" premieres 
May 23
1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly" 
May 23
Borussia Mönchengladbach wins 8th UEFA Cup at Düsseldorf 
May 23
Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy 
May 23
West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president 
May 24
Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar 
May 24
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
May 25
American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago killing 273 including 2 on the ground 
May 25
Israel begins to return Sinai to Egypt 
May 25
Raul Gonzales of Mexico completes 50,000 m walk in record 3:41:38.4 
May 25
"Alien", starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, is released 
May 26
Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45 
May 27
Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic 
May 27
Pope John Paul II ordains John J O'Conner as a bishop 
May 27
Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h) 
May 28
European Market accepts Greece as member 
May 29
Bishop Abel Muzorewa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's 1st black PM 
May 29
Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres 
May 30
Nottingham Forrest wins 24th Europe Cup 1 at Munich 
May 30
Pat Underwood makes his pitching debut for Detroit beats brother Tom 
May 30
Percom Data Company Inc release Microdos for Radio Shack's TRS-80 
May 30
Ted Coombs begins a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC 
May 31
"I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances 
May 31
Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens 
May 31
Zimbabwe proclaims independence 
Jun 1
33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1 
Jun 1
Rhodesian bishop Able Muzorewa becomes premier 
Jun 1
Ted Coombs began a 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC 
Jun 1
Wings release "Old Siam, Sir" 
Jun 1
Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India. 
Jun 1
The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power. 
Jun 2
John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a communist country (Poland) 
Jun 2
NASA launches space vehicle S-198 
Jun 3
"Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway 
Jun 3
33rd Tony Awards: Elephant Man & Sweeny Todd win 
Jun 3
Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya 
Jun 3
Ixtoc I rig in Gulf of Mexico blows; 3 million bbl of oil spilled in one of world's worst oil spills 
Jun 3
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship 
Jun 4
South-African pres Vorster resigns due to scandal 
Jun 4
Sri Lanka forfeit ICC Trophy game vs Israel for political reasons 
Jun 4
Joe Clark is sworn in as the youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history 
Jun 5
Seychelles adopts constitution 
Jun 6
200th running of horse's Derby in England 
Jun 6
Royal Air Force receives 1st F-16 
Jun 6
Willie Horton becomes 43rd player to hit 300 HRs in the majors 
Jun 7
52nd National Spelling Bee: Katie Kerwin wins spelling maculature 
Jun 7
Bhaskara 1, Indian Earth resources/meteorology satellite, launched 
Jun 7
Portugal government of Mota Pinto resigns 
Jun 7
Rocker Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion 
Jun 8
"The Source," 1st computer public information service, goes on-line 
Jun 8
Mariners draft Al Chambers #1 
Jun 8
Wings release "Back to the Egg" album 
Jun 9
111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6 
Jun 9
49th French Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull (62 60) 
Jun 9
Michael Cairney topples a record row of 169,713 dominoes 
Jun 9
Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st & last time 
Jun 9
Willie Horton is honored at Seattle's Kingdome 
Jun 10
25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young 
Jun 10
49th French Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Victor Pecci (63 61 67 64) 
Jun 10
Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve) 
Jun 11
Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months 
Jun 12
Kevin St Onge throws a playing card a record 185' 
Jun 12
Opening ceremony at Cambridge Buddhist Association meditation in Boston 
Jun 12
Sanista occupies parts of Managua 
Jun 12
Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson 
Jun 12
Bryan Allen flew man-powered Gossamer Albatross over English Channel in a human-powered aircraft; flight took 2 hrs, 49 min 
Jun 13
"Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 perfs 
Jun 13
Sioux nation receives $100 million in compensation for Black Hills SD 
Jun 14
Canada all out 45 in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40 3 overs 
Jun 14
NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record 
Jun 14
Rock group "Little Feat" disbands 
Jun 15
1st space shuttle SRB qualification test firing; 122 seconds 
Jun 16
"Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6 
Jun 16
Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit 
Jun 16
Moslem Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo Syria 
Jun 17
"Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances 
Jun 17
79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo 
Jun 17
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament 
Jun 18
Billy Martin becomes Yankee manager (2nd time), replacing Bob Lemon 
Jun 18
Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset 
Jun 18
US Pres Carter & Soviet Pres Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT II treaty limiting nuclear wepons 
Jun 19
In NY 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as Yank mgr 
Jun 19
Mali's constitution goes into effect 
Jun 21
Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy 
Jun 22
Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 22
Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit 
Jun 22
Pro Football Researchers Association forms (Canton Ohio) 
Jun 23
Charlie Daniels Band releases "Devil Went Down to Georgia" 
Jun 23
Rock group the Knack releases "My Sharona" 
Jun 23
West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup 
Jun 24
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open 
Jun 24
Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base 
Jun 25
"Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances 
Jun 25
Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium 
Jun 26
Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver 
Jun 27
Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't) 
Jun 27
Supreme Court rules employers may use quotas to help minorities 
Jun 28
OPEC raises oil prices 24% 
Jun 29
"Moonraker" premieres in US 
Jun 29
San Diego Chicken reborn at Jack Murphy Stadium 
Jun 30
"Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances 
Jun 30
Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury 
Jul 1
Stampede Pass, Washington is covered with 6" of snow 
Jul 1
Vicki Fergon wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open 
Jul 1
Sony introduces the Walkman. 
Jul 2
Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman 
Jul 4
Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed 
Jul 6
86th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: M Navratilova beats Chris Evert (6-4 6-4) 
Jul 6
IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp 
Jul 7
93rd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats R Tanner (67 61 36 63 64) 
Jul 7
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 8
Congo adopts constitution 
Jul 8
Don Martina's MAN party wins election in Dutch Antilles 
Jul 8
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic 
Jul 8
Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea (J14) 
Jul 9
Dr Walter Massey named director of Argonne national Lab 
Jul 9
Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter 
Jul 9
A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by famed "Nazi hunters" Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility. 
Jul 10
Chuck Berry sentenced to 4 months for $200,000 in tax evasion 
Jul 11
US Skylab enters atmosphere over Australia & disintegrates 
Jul 12
Ian Palce joins Whitesnake 
Jul 12
Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK 
Jul 12
"Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, causes fans to go wild & causes White Sox to forfeit 2nd game of a doubleheader to Tigers 
Jul 13
Calif's Nolan Ryan & Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th 
Jul 13
George Harrison releases "Faster" 
Jul 14
USSR performs nuclear Test 
Jul 15
34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz 
Jul 15
Morarji Desai resigns as premier of India 
Jul 16
Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein 
Jul 17
50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle 
Jul 17
All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates) 
Jul 17
David Gower 200* in England score of 5-633 v India at Edgbaston 
Jul 17
Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza flees to Miami 
Jul 17
Sebastian Coe runs world record 3:49 mile in Oslo 
Jul 17
Simone Veil becomes chairman of European Parliament 
Jul 18
Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London 
Jul 18
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 19
2 supertankers collide off Tobago-260,000 TONS of oil spill 
Jul 19
Maritza Sayalero, 18, of Venezuela, crowned 28th Miss Universe 
Jul 19
Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Somoza 
Jul 19
Patricia Harris, becomes sect of HEW 
Jul 20
44-kg Newfoundland dog pulls 2293-kg load, Bothell, Wash 
Jul 21
108th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots a 283 at Royal Lytham 
Jul 21
National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY) dedicated 
Jul 22
Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic 
Jul 23
George Brett gets his 1,000th hit 
Jul 24
Pres Carter names Paul Volcker, pres of Federal Reserves 
Jul 24
Red Sox Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th HR 
Jul 25
109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record) 
Jul 26
Estimated 109 cm (43") of rain falls in Alvin, TX (national record) 
Jul 27
"Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances 
Jul 27
France performs nuclear Test 
Jul 28
Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game 
Jul 28
France performs nuclear Test 
Jul 29
7th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Amy Alcott 
Jul 31
"But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances 
Aug 1
Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal 
Aug 2
"Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 perfs 
Aug 2
Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway 
Aug 3
Fastest jai-alai shot (188 mph), Jose Arieto at Newport Jai Alai, RI 
Aug 3
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Aug 4
Italian government of Cossiga begins 
Aug 4
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 5
"But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
Aug 5
Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario 
Aug 5
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open 
Aug 5
Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single 
Aug 5
Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America 
Aug 5
Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame 
Aug 6
61st PGA Championship: David Graham shoots a 272 at Oakland Hills Mich 
Aug 6
Marcus Hooper, 12, is youngest person to swim English Channel 
Aug 8
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents 
Aug 9
English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach 
Aug 10
Ecuador adopts its constitution 
Aug 10
Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request" 
Aug 11
28°F in Embarrass Minnesota 
Aug 11
Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year 
Aug 12
"Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances 
Aug 12
Iran press censors start massive book burnings 
Aug 12
Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin 
Aug 13
Lou Brock, is 14th to get 3,000 hits 
Aug 14
Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration 
Aug 15
Andrew Young resigns as US ambassador to the United Nations 
Aug 15
"Apocalypse Now", starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen, is released 
Aug 17
2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed 
Aug 17
Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres 
Aug 18
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands Saint War against Kurds 
Aug 18
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 19
"My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1 (stays for 42 days) 
Aug 19
Crew of Soyuz 32 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 aft 175 d flight 
Aug 19
Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little 
Aug 19
Soviet Cosmonauts Vladimir Lyakov & Valery Ryumin returned to Earth aboard Soyuz 34 after a record 175 days in space 
Aug 20
India premier Charan Singh resigns 
Aug 20
Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed 
Aug 20
The East Coast Main Line rail route between England and Scotland is restored when the Penmanshiel Diversion opens. 
Aug 21
Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0 
Aug 22
200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young 
Aug 23
Bolshoi Ballet dancer Alexander Godunov defects in NYC 
Aug 23
Iranian army opens offensive against Kurds 
Aug 23
UN's Vienna office opens 
Aug 24
Cars play concert in NY Central Park 
Aug 24
NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new 
Aug 24
UN's Vienna office begins issuing postage stamps 
Aug 25
"Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 perfs 
Aug 25
California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2 
Aug 25
Somali adopts constitution 
Aug 26
Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
Aug 27
Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers were killed when the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passed Narrow Water Castle near Warrenpoint 
Aug 28
IRA bomb explodes in Brussels' Great Market 
Aug 28
Train crash at Nijmegen, 7 die 
Aug 29
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Aug 29
Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network 
Aug 30
-Sept 13] Hurricane David, kills 1200 in Florida, Domincana & Dom Rep 
Aug 30
1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs) 
Aug 30
Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match 
Aug 30
Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses 
Aug 30
US President Jimmy Carter attacked by a rabbit on a canoe trip in Plains, Ga 
Aug 30
Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Nastase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nastase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated 
Aug 31
16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis 
Aug 31
Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun 
Aug 31
Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador 
Aug 31
Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green 
Sep 1
Debbie Boone & Gabriel Ferrer wed in LA 
Sep 1
LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask 
Sep 1
Pioneer 11 makes 1st fly-by of Saturn, discovers new moon, rings 
Sep 2
"I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 perfs 
Sep 2
79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara 
Sep 3
Hurricane David, a strong Atlantic storm kills over 1,000 
Sep 3
Iran army conquerors Mahabad 
Sep 3
Jerry Lewis' 14th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $30,000,000 
Sep 3
Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic 
Sep 4
India need 438 to win v England, game ends at 8-429 
Sep 4
Iran army conquerors Baneh 
Sep 5
A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19) 
Sep 5
Canada puts its first gold bullion coin on sale 
Sep 5
Earl Mountbatten's funeral held in London 
Sep 5
Iran army occupies Piranshahr 
Sep 5
Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Bjorn Borg in US Tennis Open quarterfinals 
Sep 6
"Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances 
Sep 7
5 day MUSE concert against nuclear energy opens at Madison Square Garden, NY 
Sep 7
The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut. 
Sep 8
Cheryl Prewitt (Miss), 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980 
Sep 8
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 9
31st Emmy Awards: Taxi, Lou Grant, Ron Leibman & Ruth Gordon win 
Sep 9
93rd US Womens Tennis: Tracy Austin beats C E Lloyd Mills (64 63) 
Sep 9
99th US Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5 6-3 6-3) 
Sep 9
Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic 
Sep 9
Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion 
Sep 10
3 Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to kill Truman are freed 
Sep 12
Carl Yastrzemski, is 15th to get 3,000 hits 
Sep 12
Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage 
Sep 12
Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club 
Sep 12
Red Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off Yankee Jim Beattie 
Sep 12
Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale. 
Sep 13
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Sep 13
South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of S Afr) 
Sep 14
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 14
Theodore Coombs completes 5,193 mile roller skate from LA to NYC & back to Yates Center, Ks 
Sep 15
Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros) 
Sep 15
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 16
23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US) 
Sep 16
Catfish Hunter Day at Yankee Stadium 
Sep 16
Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin 
Sep 16
KC's Willie Wilson hits 5th inside-the-park HR (most since 1925) 
Sep 16
Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship 
Sep 16
USSR performs nuclear test 
Sep 17
Pietro Mennea runs world record 200 m (19.72") 
Sep 17
Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season 
Sep 18
Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defect 
Sep 18
Steven Lachs, appointed as California's first openly gay judge 
Sep 18
The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden 
Sep 19
No Nukes Concert at Madison Square Garden includes Springsteen & Crosby, Stills & Nash 
Sep 20
Coup in Central African Rep: David Dacko overthrows emperor Bokassa I 
Sep 20
Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola 
Sep 20
NASA launches HEAO 
Sep 20
Lee Iacocca is elected president of the Chrysler Corporation. 
Sep 20
The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML). 
Sep 20
Assassination of French left-wing militant Pierre Goldman. 
Sep 21
Two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harrier jump-jets from RAF Wittering collide over the UK. Both pilots ejected safely. One of the jets broke up in midair and fell harmlessly into a field but the other dropped onto the centre of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, destroying two houses and a bungalow. Several people were injured in the accident and three people were killed. 
Sep 21
Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin publish their influential paper (cited more than 4,000 times) "The Spandrels of San Marco and the panglossian paradigm", introducing the term and idea of "spandrels" into evolutionary biology 
Sep 22
Israel performs nuclear test at Indian Ocean 
Sep 22
Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH 
Sep 23
Jane Fonda & 200,000 attend anti-nuke rally in Battery Park, NYC 
Sep 23
Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic 
Sep 23
Somali constitution approved by president 
Sep 23
St Louis legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career 
Sep 24
CompuServe began operation as 1st computer information service 
Sep 24
Ghana adopts constitution 
Sep 24
Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time 
Sep 24
Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland 
Sep 24
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 25
"Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances 
Sep 25
California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant 
Sep 26
1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million 
Sep 26
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 27
US Congress' final approval to create Dept of Education 
Sep 27
Elton John, sick with flu, collapse on Hollywood Universal Ampitheater 
Sep 27
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 28
Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 29
"Ain't That A Shame" by Cheap Trick peaks at #35 
Sep 29
"Bad Case Of Loving You" by Robert Palmer peaks at #14 
Sep 29
"Boom Boom (Out Go Lights)" by Pat Travers peaks at #56 
Sep 29
"Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez peaks at #16 
Sep 29
"Cruel To Be Kind" by Nick Lowe peaks at #12 
Sep 29
"Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18 
Sep 29
"Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears peaks at #15 
Sep 29
"Girls Talk" by Dave Edmunds peaks at #65 
Sep 29
"Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band peaks at #6 
Sep 29
"Message In A Bottle" by Police peaks at #1 in UK 
Sep 29
"What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'" by Stephanie Mills peaks at #22 
Sep 29
Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313 
Sep 29
Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong 
Sep 29
John Huston's "Wine Blood" premieres at NY Film Festival 
Sep 29
LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit 
Sep 29
Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit Ireland 
Sep 30
Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout 
Sep 30
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic 
Oct 1
Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president 
Oct 1
Pope John Paul II begins visit to USA 
Oct 1
RKO radio network begins operation 
Oct 1
US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years 
Oct 4
Hugh Leonards "Life," premieres in Dublin 
Oct 4
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 6
Harry Drake set long distance footbow shot record of 2,006 yds 1'9" 
Oct 6
Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit White House 
Oct 7
"1940's Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances 
Oct 7
"Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances 
Oct 7
Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns 
Oct 7
Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic 
Oct 7
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Oct 7
Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings 
Oct 8
"Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 perfs 
Oct 8
13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins 
Oct 8
J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" premieres in NYC 
Oct 9
Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford Conn 
Oct 10
Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood 
Oct 10
Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game 
Oct 10
Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone) 
Oct 10
Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC 
Oct 11
"Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances 
Oct 11
German DR frees dissidents Rudolf Bahro & Nico Hubner 
Oct 11
Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan 
Oct 12
Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa 
Oct 12
The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip. 
Oct 14
100,000 demonstrate in Bonn against nuclear energy 
Oct 14
Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
Oct 14
Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3 
Oct 14
NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal 
Oct 15
1st Monday night game from NYC, Jets beat Vikings 14-7 (Shea Stad) 
Oct 15
Chinese premier Hwa Kwofeng visits Paris 
Oct 15
Military coup in El Salvador: president/general Carlos Romero flees 
Oct 15
NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier 
Oct 17
"Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 perfs 
Oct 17
D Bautista of Mexico completes 20,000 m walk in record 1:20:06.8 
Oct 17
Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize 
Oct 17
Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series 
Oct 17
Pres Carter signs legislation creating Dept of Education 
Oct 18
"Beatlemania" opens in London 
Oct 18
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini orders mass executions to stop 
Oct 18
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Oct 18
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Oct 20
Bob Dylan appears on Saturday Night Live 
Oct 20
John F Kennedy Library dedicated in Boston 
Oct 20
John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Oct 21
10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42 
Oct 21
9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33 
Oct 21
Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33) 
Oct 21
Israeli minister of Foreign affairs Moshe Dayan resigns 
Oct 21
Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions 
Oct 22
"One Mo' Time" with Vernel Bagners premieres in NYC 
Oct 22
Deposed Shah of Iran arrives in NY for medical treatment 
Oct 22
Walt Disney World's 100-millionth guest 
Oct 23
Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minn marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches 
Oct 24
Billy Martin punches a marshmallow salesman, puts job in jeopardy 
Oct 24
Guinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc 
Oct 25
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Oct 26
Park Chung-hee, President of South Korea is assassinated by KCIA head Kim Jae-kyu. Choi Kyu-ha becomes the acting President; Kim is executed the following May. 
Oct 27
Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds 
Oct 27
St Vincent & Grenadines becomes independent of UK (Natl Day) 
Oct 27
Voluntary Euthanasia Society publishes how-to-do-it suicide guide 
Oct 28
Dick Howser (best Yank mngr win-lost pct .636) replaces Billy Martin 
Oct 28
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Oct 29
Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time) 
Oct 29
Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open 
Oct 30
NASA launches space vehicle S-203 
Oct 30
Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama 
Oct 31
Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award 
Oct 31
US DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed 
Nov 1
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres 
Nov 1
Bolivia military coup under Gen Busch, pres Guevara flees 
Nov 1
Edward Bennett Williams buys Orioles from Hoffberger for $12.3 million 
Nov 1
US Federal government made $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler 
Nov 1
Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster 
Nov 2
Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London 
Nov 3
Five people mortally wounded during anti-Ku Klux Klan demonstration in NC