Information for the Year 1979
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- Vietnam and Vietnam-backed Cambodian insurgents announce fall of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and collapse of Pol Pot regime (Jan. 7).
- Shah leaves Iran after year of turmoil (Jan. 16); revolutionary forces under Muslim leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, take over (Feb. 1 et seq.).
- Conservatives win British election; Margaret Thatcher becomes new prime minister (May 3).
- Carter and Brezhnev sign SALT II agreement (June 14).
- Nicaraguan President General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami (July 17); Sandinistas form government (July 19).
- Iranian militants seize US embassy in Teheran and hold hostages (Nov. 4).
- Soviet invasion of Afghanistan stirs world protests (Dec. 27).
- Population: 4.378 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Mother Teresa of Calcutta (India)
- Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of dead and injured in Kent State University shootings (Jan. 4).
- Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., releases radiation (March 28).
- President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
- Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
- Population: 225,055,487
- Life expectancy: 73.9 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,557.50 billion
- Federal spending: $504.03 billion
- Federal debt: $829.5 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars):$16,461
- Consumer Price Index: 72.6
- Unemployment: 5.8%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.15
- Super Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Dallas Cowboys (SCORE 35-31)
- World Series of Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Baltimore Orioles
- National Basketball Association Championship Seattle defeated Washington Bullets
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens defeated New York Rangers
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Martina Navratilova defeated Chrissy Evert Lloyd (6-4 6-4)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Bjorn Borg defeated R. Tanner (6-7 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-4)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Spectacular Bid
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Michigan St. defeated Indiana St. (SCORE 75-64)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Alabama (RECORD 12-0-0)
- The Sugar Hill Gang releases the first commercial rap hit, "Rapper's Delight," bringing rap off the New York streets and into the popular music scene.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: The Deer Hunter
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy Taxi - ABC
- Miss America: Kylene Baker (Virginia)
- An overheated reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Pennsylvania threatens to melt down. It does not, but 144,000 residents of nearby Middletown are evacuated.
- The first human-powered aircraft flies across the English Channel: Bryan Allen pilots the Gossamer Albatross from Folkestone, England, to Cap Gris-Nez, France (June 12).
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