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1979 Trivia

<< - 1978
World Series Champions:
Pittsburgh Pirates
Superbowl XIII Champions:
Pittsburgh Steelers
NBA Champions:
Seattle SuperSonics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Hale Irwin
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Michigan State
Kentucky Derby:
Spectacular Bid
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Lynda Carter, Bo Derek, Farrah Fawcett, Erin Gray, Shelly Hack, Debbie Harry, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Meryl Streep, Donna Summer, Cheryl Tiegs, Charlene Tilton, Mary Woronov
"The Quotes"
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning"
- Robert Duvall in 'Apocalypse Now'

"Have a coke and smile"
-Coca-Cola

"Quality is job one"
- Ford

"Nothing comes between me and my Calvins"
- Brooke Shields, for Calvin Klein

"Reach out and touch someone"
- AT&T

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Ayatollah Khomeini
Miss America:
Kylene Barker (Roanoke, VA)
Miss USA:
Mary Therese Friel (New York)

The Scandals, Sad & OddNews:
Air New Zealand Flight 901 crashed into the Antarctic Mountains in November 1979. The 257 bodies were recovered but the crash remains was left behind. When the snow partially melts in the Antarctic Summer, the remaining pieces of the fuselage are visible from the air.

A woman named Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in an attempt to kill herself, but fell into the next floor due to a gust of wind.

Ford's Pinto automobile design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions. It was first noticed by Ford in 1971 tests.

On March 28, Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a near melt-down. No one was reported killed or injured, but the accident changed many regulations for American nuclear reactors.

52 Americans are taken hostage in Tehran, Iran for 444 days. Four days later, ABC's Nighline premiered, centering on the crisis.

NASA's Skylab fell to Earth, landing mostly in the Indian Ocean.

Rock and Roll Death
: Sid Vicious (heroin overdose)

11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.

1979 Pop Culture News:
Elvita Adams jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in an attempted suicide, only to be blown back onto the 85th floor by a gust of wind. Her only injury was a broken hip.

In 1979 you could call a 1-800 number and listen to messages from Star Wars' characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and Darth Vader.

A large number of Swedish people were calling sick with a 'case of being homosexual' as protest to homosexuality being labeled an illness.

Black and Decker released the now-famous cordless mini-vacuum, The Dustbuster.

Guy Lafleur, a player for the Montreal Canadiens, released an album called "Lafleur". It consisted of Lafleur giving hockey instructions over the sound of disco music.

On 9/22/1979 there was an unidentified nuclear explosion in the Indian Ocean, and it is known as the Vela Incident.

The first recorded human death by robot was on Jan. 25, 1979, when a Ford Motors assembly line worker was killed in Flat Rock, Michigan.

ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) began broadcasting o September 7.

Etan Patz was the 1st missing child to have their picture on milk carton in 1979 and that the murderer wasn't caught till 2012.

Victoria's Secret stores opened in 1979. It went national in 1982 after being aquired by Limited Brands.

In 1987, FBI agent Robert Hanssen was tasked by his superiors to find a mole within the agency after the FBI's moles in the KGB were caught. In reality, he was the mole, working with the KGB since 1979.

Rhodesia became Zimbabwe.

An unknown group of people paid for the erection of the "Georgia Guidestones", 6 granite slabs that instruct the survivors of an apocalyptic scenario how to rebuild a better world.

April 1st - Nickelodeon TV cable network began.

The Cleveland Elementary School shooting which took place in 1979 in San Diego, California. A 16-year-old girl, Brenda Spencer, killed the principal and a custodian, and injured 8 children and a police officer. When asked by a reporter why she did it, she said "I don't like Mondays."

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1979: $185,000.

The Hatfield and McCoy families, of the famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud, faced off once again in 1979 on the game show Family Feud.

Anna Williams received a bizarre poem lamenting her absence from her home on the night of April 28th, 1979, From the serial killer, BTK, who had been waiting in her bedroom closet that night.

The Habit:
Walking while listening to tapes on your Sony Walkman and wearing a LaCoste preppy shirt with the famous alligator on the left side.
1st appearances & 1979's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Walkman casette/radio
1979 Most Popular TV shows
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Three's Company (ABC)
3. That's Incredible! (ABC)
4. Alice (CBS)
5. M*A*S*H (CBS)
6. Dallas (CBS)
7. Flo (CBS)
8. The Jeffersons (CBS)
9. The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS)
10. One Day at a Time (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1979 include:
A Taste of Honey, Ashford & Simpson, Barbra Streisand, The Bar-Kays, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Blondie, Chic, The Commodores, The Doobie Brothers, Donna Summer, Dr. Hook, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Foreignor, George Benson, GQ, Herb Alpert, Instant Funk, John Travolta, Kenny Rogers, The Knack, Kool & the Gang, McFadden & Whitehead, Micheal Jackson, Olivia Newton-John, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Peaches & Herb, Peaches & Herb, Player, Prince, Queen, Rod Stewart, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Rupert Holmes, Sister Sledge, Steely Dan, Styx, Sugarhill Gang, Supertramp, Village People

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1979:
December 9, 1978 - January 5, 1979: Chic - Le Freak

January 6, 1979 - February 9, 1979: Bee Gees - Too Much Heaven

February 10, 1979 - March 9, 1979: Rod Stewart - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

March 10, 1979 - March 23, 1979: Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

March 24, 1979 - April 13, 1979: Bee Gees - Tragedy

April 14, 1979 - April 20, 1979: The Doobie Brothers - What a Fool Believes

April 21, 1979 - April 27, 1979: Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood

April 28, 1979 - May 4, 1979: Blondie - Heart of Glass

May 5, 1979 - June 1, 1979: Peaches & Herb - Reunited

June 2, 1979 - June 8, 1979: Donna Summer - Hot Stuff

June 9, 1979 - June 29, 1979: Bee Gees - Love You Inside Out

June 30, 1979 - July 13, 1979: Anita Ward - Ring My Bell

July 14, 1979 - August 17, 1979: Donna Summer - Bad Girls

August 18, 1979 - August 24, 1979: Chic - Good Times

August 25, 1979 - October 5, 1979: The Knack - My Sharona

October 6, 1979 - October 12, 1979: Robert John - Sad Eyes

October 13, 1979 - October 19, 1979: Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough

October 20, 1979 - November 2, 1979: Herb Alpert - Rise

November 3, 1979 - November 9, 1979: M - Pop Muzik

November 10, 1979 - November 16, 1979: Eagles - Heartache Tonight

November 17, 1979 - November 23, 1979: Commodores - Still

November 24, 1979 - December 7, 1979: Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

December 8, 1979 - December 21, 1979: Styx - Babe

December 22, 1979 - January 4, 1980: Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Piņa Colada Song)

Popular Music in 1979 - # 1 Hits of 1979