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1979 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1979 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl XIII Champions
Stanley Cup Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|John McEnroe/Tracy Austin|
|Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1979 - Oklahoma over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1979 - USC over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1979 - Alabama over Penn State
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Oak Tree's Irishtocrat|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Kylene Barker (Roanoke, VA)|
|Mary Therese Friel (New York)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Candice Bergen, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Gia Carangi, Lynda Carter, Cher, Bo Derek, Janice Dickinson, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Karen Graham, Erin Gray, Shelly Hack, Debbie Harry, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Audrey Landers, Jessica Lange, 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"
- Brooke Shields, for Calvin Klein
"Reach out and touch someone"
Richard Pryor was the first comedian to perform at the original Laugh Factory in 1979. When the owner attempted to pay him, he declined, handed him a $100 bill saying, "You need this for your rent, boy."
1979 Pop Culture History
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.
John Paul II visted the Unites States of America (October 1st-8,
The last claim under the 1866 Homestead Act, which entitled a person
to free frontier land if they lived on it for five years and built
a farm, was made on 80 acres near the Stony River in Alaska in 1979.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
The Cleveland Elementary School shooting 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."
The Hatfield and McCoy families, of the famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud,
faced off once again in 1979 on the game show Family Feud.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Mattel's Intellivision, Milton Bradley's Microvision, Sony Walkman casette/radio
Inside Sports Magazine (1979-1998)
|Walking while listening to tapes on your Sony Walkman
and wearing a LaCoste preppy shirt with the famous alligator on the
Reading The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
Reading A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipul
Reading Sophie's Choice by William Styron
1979/80 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
Popular Music Artists
|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.)
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)
|10, Alien, All That Jazz, ... And Justice For All, Apocalypse Now, Being There, The Black Hole, The Black Stallion, Breaking Away, The China Syndrome, The Jerk, Kramer vs. Kramer, Mad Max, Manhattan, Meatballs, (Monty Python's) Life of Brian, Moonraker, The Muppet Movie, Norma Rae, North Dallas Forty, Real Life, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Time After Time, The Warriors|
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