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Notable Historical Events in 1979 on the 17th

1979Mother Teresa of India, awarded Nobel Peace Prize

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

Historical Events in 1979 on the 17th
Date Event
Jan 17
NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers 
Jan 17
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
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) 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Aug 17
2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed 
Aug 17
Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres 
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 
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 
Nov 17
Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX 
Nov 17
Ayatollah Khomeini frees most black & female US hostages 
Nov 17
NY Stars (WBL) home opener at Madison Square Garden in NYC 
Dec 17
Budweiser rocket car reaches 1190 kph (record for wheeled vehicle) 
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