|<< - 1978|
|World Series Champions:
|Superbowl XIII Champions:
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
|U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova
|NCAA Football Champions:
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
|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
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning"
- Robert Duvall in 'Apocalypse Now'
"Have a coke and smile"
"Quality is job one"
"Nothing comes between me and my Calvins"
"Reach out and touch someone"
|Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Kylene Barker (Roanoke, VA)
Mary Therese Friel (New York)
The Scandals, Sad & OddNews:
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.
11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.
1979 Pop Culture News:
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.
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:
|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:
(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:
|Popular Music in 1979 - # 1 Hits of 1979|