What Was Happening In 1979

1. Honey Nut Cheerios were introduced
2. The State of Ohio agreed to a settlement for victim's families in the Kent State shootings
3. 1979 was the "International Year of the Child"
4. Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years of exile
5. Pluto moved inside of Neptune's orbit
6. It snowed in the Sahara Desert for 30 minutes on February 18th
7. Top songs were My Sharona, YMCA, I Will Survive, My Life, Just When I Needed You Most, The Gambler, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Le Freak
8. Because of a police strike, the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival was cancelled
9. Jimmy Carter was president
10. The TV network Nickelodeon began airing around New York
11. Notable births: Drew Brees, Heath Ledger, Mena Suvari, Brandy, Norah Jones, Adam Levine, Clare Danes, Kate Hudson, Evangeline Lilly, John Krasinski
12. Margaret Thatcher became the first female prime minister
13. The deadliest aviation accident occured at O'Hare in Chicago when a plane crashes during takeoff, killing 273 people
14. Saddaam Hussein took power in Iraq
15. Michael Jackson released his album Off the Wall
16. ESPN debuted
17. Celebrity Deaths included: Conrad Hilton, Sarah Carter, Nelson Rockefeller, Lester Flatt, John Wayne, Mamie Eisenhower, Peggy Guggenheim
18. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize
19. The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series
20. The Iran Hostage Crisis began
21. Eleven fans were crushed and killed at a Who concert in Ohio
22. The "One Child Policy" was enacted in China
23. Happy Meals were introduced
24. "Usenet" (the precursor to the Internet) experiments began at Duke University
25. Top movies in 1979 were Kramer vs. Kramer, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Apocalypse Now, The Muppet Movie, and The Jerk
26. Top TV shows included: Three's Company, Alice, Dallas, and M*A*S*H

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