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Gregorian calendar 1979

Ab urbe condita 2732
Armenian calendar 1428
Bahá'í calendar 135 – 136
Buddhist calendar 2523
Coptic calendar 1695 – 1696
Ethiopian calendar 1971 – 1972
Hebrew calendar 5739 5740
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2034 – 2035
 - Shaka Samvat 1901 – 1902
 - Kali Yuga 5080 – 5081
Holocene calendar 11979
Iranian calendar 1357 – 1358
Islamic calendar 1399 – 1400
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 54年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2639
Julian calendar 2024
Korean calendar 4312
Thai solar calendar 2522
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Year 1979 (MCMLXXIX) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.



  • January 1
    • United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim heralds the start of the International Year of the Child. Many musicians donate to the Music for UNICEF Concert fund including ABBA, who wrote the song "Chiquitita" to commemorate the event.
    • The United States and the People's Republic of China establish full diplomatic relations.
    • The Canton of Jura comes into existence as the twenty-sixth canton of Switzerland, being formed from the predominantly French-speaking Catholic part of the Canton of Bern.
  • January 4 – The State of Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to families of the dead and injured in the Kent State shootings.
  • January 7Vietnam and Vietnam-backed Cambodian insurgents announce the fall of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the collapse of the Pol Pot regime. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge retreat west to an area along the Thai border.
  • January 8 – The French tanker Betelgeuse explodes at the Gulf Oil terminal at Bantry, Ireland; 50 are killed.
  • January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert is held at the United Nations General Assembly to raise money for UNICEF and promote the Year of the Child. It is broadcast the following day in the United States and around the world. Hosted by The Bee Gees, other performers include Donna Summer, ABBA, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire. A soundtrack album is later released.
  • January 16 – Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran flees Iran with his family, relocating to Egypt after a year of turmoil.
  • January 19 – Former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell is released on parole after 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama.
  • January 29Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego, California, killing 2 faculty members and wounding 8 students. Her justification for the action, "I don't like Mondays," inspired the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name.


  • February 1
    • Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
    • Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.
  • February 3 – Khomeini creates the Council of the Islamic Revolution.
  • February 7
    • Supporters of Khomeini take over the Iranian law enforcement, courts and government administration; the final session of the Iranian National Consultative Assembly is held.
    • Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was known to science.
  • February 10February 11 – The Iranian army mutinies and joins the Islamic Revolution.
  • February 11Khomeini seizes power in Iran, overthrowing Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi.
  • February 12 – Prime Minister Hissène Habré starts the Battle of N'Djamena in an attempt to overthrow Chad's President Félix Malloum.
  • February 13 – The intense February 13, 1979 Windstorm strikes western Washington and sinks a 1/2-mile-long section of the Hood Canal Bridge.
  • February 14
    • In Kabul, Muslim extremists kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs, who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
    • Following her 1972 sex reassignment surgery, musician Wendy Carlos legally changes her name from Walter. She later reveals this information in an interview in the May 1979 issue of Playboy Magazine.
  • February 15 – A suspected gas explosion in a Warsaw bank kills 49.
  • February 17 – The People's Republic of China invades northern Vietnam, launching the Sino-Vietnamese War.
  • February 18 – The Sahara Desert experiences snow for 30 minutes.
  • February 22Saint Lucia becomes independent of the United Kingdom.
  • February 24Ethiopia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • February 26 – A total solar eclipse arcs over northern Canada, and a partial solar eclipse is visible over almost all of North America and Central America.[1]
  • February 27 – The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana is canceled due to a strike called by the New Orleans Police Department.


  • March 1Scotland votes narrowly for home rule, which is not implemented, and Wales votes against it.
  • March 4 – The U.S. Voyager I spaceprobe photos reveal Jupiter's rings.
  • March 5Voyager I makes its closest approach to Jupiter at 172,000 miles.
  • March 7 – The largest Magnetar (Soft gamma repeater) event is recorded.
  • March 8Philips demonstrates Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
  • March 13Maurice Bishop leads a successful coup in Grenada.
  • March 14 – In China, a Hawker Siddeley Trident crashes into a factory near Beijing, killing at least 200.
  • March 17 – The Penmanshiel Tunnel in the U.K. collapses, killing 2 workers.
  • March 18 – Ten miners die in a methane gas explosion at Golborne Colliery near Wigan, Lancashire.[2]
  • March 25 – The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center, to be prepared for its first launch.
  • March 26 – In a ceremony at the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel sign a peace treaty.
  • March 28
    • In Britain, Jim Callaghan's minority Labour government loses a motion of confidence by 1 vote, forcing a general election which is to be held on 3 May.[3]
    • America's most serious nuclear power plant accident, at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania.
  • March 29Sultan Yahya Petra of Kelantan, the 6th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Head of State) of Malaysia, dies in office. He is replaced by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang.
  • March 30Airey Neave, World War II veteran and Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman, is killed by an Irish National Liberation Army bomb in the British House of Commons car park.
  • March 31
    • The last British soldier (belonging to the Royal Navy) leaves the Maltese Islands, after 179 years of presence. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
    • Gali Atari and Milk and Honey win the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 for Israel, with the song Hallelujah.


  • April 1
    • Iran's government becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, overthrowing the Shah officially.
    • The Pinwheel Network changes its name to Nickelodeon and begins airing on various Warner Cable systems beginning in Buffalo, New York, expanding its audience reach.
  • April 1April 18 – Police lock Andreas Mihavecz in a holding cell in Bregenz, Austria, and forget about, leaving him there without food or drink.
  • April 2Sverdlovsk Anthrax leak: A Soviet biowarfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk accidentally releases airborne anthrax spores, killing 66 plus an unknown amount of livestock.
  • April 10
    • A tornado hits Wichita Falls, Texas, killing 42 people (the most notable of 26 tornadoes that day).
    • Cambodia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • April 11Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda; Idi Amin flees.
  • April 13 – The La Soufrière volcano erupts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • April 151979 Montenegro Earthquake: A major earthquake (7.0 on the Richter scale) strikes Montenegro (then part of Yugoslavia) and parts of Albania, causing extensive damage to coastal areas and taking 136 lives; the old town of Budva is devastated.
  • April 17 – Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa "almost certainly" took part in the massacre.
  • April 20 – President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit while fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, USA.
  • April 22 – The Albert Einstein Memorial is unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
  • April 23 – Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group results in the death of protestor Blair Peach.


May 4: Thatcher

  • May 1Greenland gets home rule.
  • May 4 – Counting in the previous day's British general election shows that the Conservatives have won and Margaret Thatcher becomes the country's first female prime minister, ending the rule of James Callaghan's Labour government.[4]
  • May 8 – The Woolworth's store in Manchester city centre in England is seriously damaged by fire; 10 shoppers die.
  • May 9
    • A Unabomber bomb injures Northwestern University graduate student John Harris.
    • Laos recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • May 10 – The Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing.
  • May 21
    • Dan White receives a light sentence for killing San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, gay men in the city riot.
    • The Montréal Canadiens defeat the New York Rangers 4 games to 1 in the best-of-seven series, winning the Stanley Cup.
  • May 23Afghanistan recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • May 25
    • American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport, killing all 271 on board and 2 people on the ground in the deadliest aviation accident in U. S. history.
    • John Spenkelink is executed in Florida, in the first use of the electric chair in America after the reintroduction of death penalty in 1976.
    • Etan Patz was a 6 year old American child who disappeared from lower Manhattan, New York. His disappearance sparked the missing children's movement. He has never been found but the case was reopened in the year 2010.
  • May 27Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins the race for the first time, and car owner Roger Penske for the second time.


  • June 1
    • The Vizianagaram district is formed in Andhra Pradesh, India.
    • The first black-led government of Rhodesia in 90 years takes power, in succession to Ian Smith and under his power-sharing deal.
    • The Seattle SuperSonics win the NBA Championship against the Washington Bullets.
  • June 2Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland on his first official, nine-day stay, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country. This visit, known as nine days that changed the world, brought about the solidarity of the Polish peoples against communism, ultimately leading to the rise of the Solidarity movement.
  • June 3
    • A blowout at the Ixtoc I oil well in the southern Gulf of Mexico causes at least 600,000 tons (176,400,000 gallons) of oil to be spilled into the waters, the worst oil spill to date. Some estimate the spill to be 428 million gallons, making it the largest unintentional oil spill until it was surpassed by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.
    • General elections are held in Italy.
  • June 4
    • Joe Clark becomes Canada's 16th and youngest Prime Minister.
    • Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in Ghana after a military coup in which General Fred Akuffo is overthrown.
  • June 7 – The first direct elections to the European Parliament begin, allowing citizens from across all then-9 European Community member states to elect 410 MEPs. It is also the first international election in history.
  • June 12Bryan Allen flies the man-powered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel.
  • June 18Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT II agreement in Vienna.
  • June 20 – A Nicaraguan National Guard soldier kills ABC TV news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter Juan Espinosa. Other members of the news crew capture the killing on tape.
  • June 23Sydney: New South Wales Premier Neville Wran officially opens the Eastern Suburbs Railway. It operates as a shuttle between Central & Bondi Junction until full integration with the Illawarra Line in 1980.
  • June 24Bologna: founding of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, an international opinion tribunal, at the initiative of Senator Lelio Basso.
  • June 25Belgium: NATO Supreme Allied Commander Alexander Haig escapes an assassination attempt by the Baader-Meinhof terrorist organization.


  • July 1
    • Sweden outlaws corporal punishment in the home.
    • The Sony Walkman goes on sale for the first time in Japan.
  • July 3 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.
  • July 4Cape Verde recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • July 8Los Angeles passes its gay and lesbian civil rights bill.
  • July 9 – A car bomb destroys a Renault owned by Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld at their home in France. A note purportedly from ODESSA claims responsibility.
  • July 11NASA's first orbiting space station Skylab begins its return to Earth, after being in orbit for 6 years and 2 months.
  • July 12
    • Kiribati declares independence from the United Kingdom.
    • A Disco Demolition Night publicity stunt goes awry at Comiskey Park, forcing the Chicago White Sox to forfeit their game against the Detroit Tigers.
    • Carmine Galante, boss of the Bonanno crime family, is assassinated.
    • A fire at a hotel in Saragossa, Spain leaves 72 dead. Worst hotel fire in Europe in decades.
  • July 16Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and Vice President Saddam Hussein replaces him.
  • July 17Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida.
  • July 19
    • Maritza Sayalero of Venezuela wins the Miss Universe Pageant; the stage collapses after contestants and news photographers rush to her throne.
    • The Sandinista National Liberation Front concludes a successful revolutionary campaign against the U.S. backed Somoza dictatorship and assumes power in Nicaragua.
    • Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo becomes prime minister of Portugal


  • August 3 – Dictator Francisco Macías Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is overthrown in a bloody coup d'état lead by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
  • August 4 – Opening game of the American Football Bundesliga played between Frankfurter Löwen and Düsseldorf Panther, first-ever league game of American football in Germany.[5]
  • August 5 – The Polisario Front signs a peace treaty with Mauritania. Mauritania withdraw from the Western Sahara territory it had occupied, and ceded it to the SADR.
  • August 9
    • A nudist beach is established in Brighton.
    • Raymond Washington, co-founder of the Crips, today one of the largest, most notorious gangs in the United States, is killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles (his killers have not yet been identified).
  • August 10Michael Jackson releases his breakthrough album Off the Wall. It sells 7 million copies in the United States alone, making it a 7x platinum album.
  • August 11 – The former Mauritanian province of Tiris al-Gharbiyya in Western Sahara is annexed by Morocco.
  • August 14 – A freak storm during the Fastnet Race results in the death of 15 sailors.
  • August 20Grenada recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • August 24Ghana recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • August 27Lord Mountbatten of Burma and 3 others are assassinated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. He was a British admiral, statesman and an uncle of The Duke of Edinburgh. On the same day, the Warrenpoint ambush occurs: Provisional Irish Republican Army members attack a British convoy at Narrow Water, County Down, killing 18 British soldiers.
  • August 28 – The death toll of the previous day's IRA bombing reaches 5 when Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne, 83, dies in a hospital as a result of her injuries.
  • August 29 – A national referendum is held in which Somali voters approve a new liberal constitution, promulgated by President Siad Barre to placate the United States.


  • September 1
    • The U.S. Pioneer 11 becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn, when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 km.
    • Dominica, Guyana & St. Lucia recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 4Jamaica recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 6Nicaragua and Uganda recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 7 – In the USA, the Entertainment Sports Programming Network, known as ESPN, broadcasts for the first time.
  • September 8México recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • September 9 – The long-running comic strip For Better or For Worse begins its run.
  • September 12Hurricane Frederic makes landfall at 10:00 p.m. on Alabama's Gulf Coast.
  • September 16 – Two families flee from East Germany by balloon.
  • September 20 – French paratroopers help David Dacko to overthrow Bokassa in the Central African Republic.
  • September 22 – The South Atlantic Flash is observed near Bouvet Island, thought to be a nuclear weapons test.
  • September 30 – The Hong Kong MTR begins service with the opening of its Modified Initial System (aka Kwun Tong Line).


  • October 1Nigeria terminates military rule, and the Nigerian Second Republic is established.
  • October 1October 6 – Pope John Paul II visits the United States.
  • October 3 – A EF4 Tornado hits Windsor Locks, CT causing extensive damage to the town.
  • October 6Federal Reserve System changes from an interest rate target policy to a money supply target policy.
  • October 9
    • Peter Brock wins the Bathurst 1000 by a record 6 laps, with a lap record on the last lap.
    • Lesotho recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • October 12
    • Zambia recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
    • Near Guam, Typhoon Tip reaches a record intensity of 870 millibars, the lowest pressure recorded at sea level. This makes Tip the most powerful tropical cyclone in known world history.
  • October 14 – A major gay rights march in the United States takes place in Washington, D.C., involving tens of thousands of people.
  • October 15Black Monday events, in which members of a political group sack a newspaper office, unfold in Malta.
  • October 16 – A tsunami in Nice, France kills 23 people.
  • October 17 – The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game 7 of the World Series. Willie Stargell is named the Series MVP.
  • October 19 – 13 Marines die in a fire at Camp Fuji, Japan as a result of Typhoon Tip.[6]
  • October 26Park Chung-hee, the President of South Korea, is assassinated by KCIA director Kim Jaegyu.
  • October 27Saint Vincent and the Grenadines gains independence from the United Kingdom.


  • November 1Iran hostage crisis: Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urges his people to demonstrate on November 4 and to expand attacks on United States and Israeli interests.
  • November 2
    • French police shoot gangster Jacques Mesrine in Paris.
    • Assata Shakur (née Joanne Chesimard), a former member of Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, escapes from a New York prison to Cuba, where she remains under political asylum.
  • November 3 – In Greensboro, North Carolina, 5 members of the Communist Workers Party are shot to death and 7 are wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis, during a "Death to the Klan" rally.
  • November 4Iran hostage crisis begins: 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.
  • November 5 – The radio news program Morning Edition premieres on National Public Radio.
  • November 6 – At Montevideo, Uruguay, the International Olympic Committee adopts a resolution, whereby Taiwan Olympic and sports teams will participate with the name Chinese Taipei in future Olympics Games and international sports tournaments and championships.
  • November 7 – U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy announces that he will challenge President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • November 9
    • The Carl Bridgewater murder trial ends with all 4 men found guilty. James Robinson, 45, and 25-year-old Vincent Hickey are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended 25-year minimum for murder. 18-year-old Michael Hickey is also found guilty of murder and sentenced to indefinite detention. Patrick Molloy, 53, is found guilty on a lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.[7]
    • Nuclear false alarm: the NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Fort Ritchie, Maryland detected purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing the raw data from satellites and checking the early warning radars, the alert was cancelled.[8]
  • November 12
    • Iran hostage crisis: In response to the hostage situation in Tehran, U.S. President Jimmy Carter orders a halt to all oil imports into the United States from Iran.
    • Süleyman Demirel, of AP forms the new government of Turkey (43rd government, a minority government)
  • November 14Iran hostage crisis: U.S. President Jimmy Carter issues Executive Order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks in response to the hostage crisis.
  • November 16Bucharest Metro Line One is opened, in Bucharest, Romania (from Timpuri Noi to Semanatoarea stations, 8.63 km).
  • November 17Iran hostage crisis: Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini orders the release of 13 female and African American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • November 20 – A group of 200 Juhayman al-Otaibi militants occupy Mecca's Grand Mosque. They are driven out by French commandos (allowed into the city under these special circumstances despite their being non-Muslims) after bloody fighting that leaves 250 people dead and 600 wounded.
  • November 21 – After false radio reports from the Ayatollah Khomeini that the Americans had occupied the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set afire, killing 4 (see Foreign relations of Pakistan).
  • November 23 – In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten of Burma.
  • November 28Air New Zealand Flight 901: an Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mount Erebus (in Antarctica) on a sightseeing trip, killing all 257 people on board.


  • December 3
    • Eleven fans are killed during a crowd crush for unreserved seats before The Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    • The United States dollar exchange rate with the Deutsche Mark falls to 1.7079 DM, the all-time low so far; this record is not broken until November 5, 1987.
  • December 4 – The Hastie fire in Kingston upon Hull, England, leads to the deaths of 3 boys and begins the hunt for Bruce George Peter Lee, the UK's most prolific killer.
  • December 5Jack Lynch resigns as Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland; he is succeeded by Charles Haughey.
  • December 6 – The world premiere for Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • December 9 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
  • December 12
    • A major earthquake and tsunami kills 259 people in Colombia.
    • Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung Hee.
    • The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia.
  • December 21 – A ceasefire for Rhodesia is signed at London.
  • December 23 – The highest aerial tramway in Europe, the Klein Matterhorn, opens.
  • December 24
    • The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, and Babrak Karmal replaces overthrown and executed President Hafizullah Amin which begins the war.
    • The first European Ariane rocket is launched.
  • December 26 – In Rhodesia, 96 Patriotic Front guerrillas enter the capital Salisbury to monitor a ceasefire that begins December 28.

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  • The One Child Policy is introduced in China - it has since prevented about 400 million births.
  • VisiCalc becomes the first commercial spreadsheet program.
  • The first usenet experiments are conducted by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis of Duke University.
  • Worldwide per capita oil production reaches an historic peak.
  • McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal in June.
  • Lego's golden age begins.
  • Chrysler receives government loan guarantees upon the request of CEO Lee Iacocca.



Rosamund Pike

  • January 1
    • Brody Dalle, Australian singer
    • Koichi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids)
  • January 2
    • Morena Baccarin, Italo-Brazilian actress
    • Erica Hubbard, American actress
  • January 3
    • Francesco Bellissimo, Italian Chef
    • Koit Toome, Estonian singer and musical actor
  • January 4Charity Rahmer, American actress
  • January 6Bernice Liu, Hong Kong actress
  • January 7Bipasha Basu, Indian actress and model
  • January 8Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian football goalkeeper
  • January 9Jake Shields, UFC fighter
  • January 10
    • Chris Smith, American rapper (Kris Kross)
    • James Lloyd, British actor
  • January 11Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer
  • January 12
    • Marián Hossa, Slovak ice hockey player
    • Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model
    • Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • January 14Julius Kay, Ugandan Radio Presenter and Journalist
  • January 15Drew Brees, American football player
  • January 16Aaliyah, American R&B singer/actress (d. 2001)
  • January 17Sharon Chan, Hong Kong actress
  • January 18
    • Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer, song producer and actor
    • Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • January 20
    • Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol
    • Will Young, English singer
  • January 21Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union player
  • January 23Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • January 24Tatyana Ali, American actress
  • January 25Zoe Britton, American pornographic actress
  • January 27
    • Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
    • Rosamund Pike, British actress
  • January 29BJ Flores, American boxer
  • January 31Jenny Wolf, German speed skater


Brandy Norwood

Jesse Spencer

Jennifer Love Hewitt

  • February 1Julie Augustyniak, American footballer
  • February 2
    • Yuichi Tsuchiya, Japanese actor
    • Fani Halkia, Greek athlete
  • February 8Martin Rowlands, Irish footballer
  • February 9
    • Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress and model
    • Irina Slutskaya, Russian figure skater
  • February 11Brandy Norwood, American singer and actress
  • February 12
    • Antonio Chatman, American football player
    • Jesse Spencer, Australian actor
  • February 13
    • Anders Behring Breivik, Norwegian right-wing terrorist
    • Mena Suvari, American actress
    • Rafael Márquez, Mexican footballer
  • February 15Gordon Shedden, Scottish race car driver
  • February 16Valentino Rossi, Italian motorcycle racer
  • February 18Tyrone Burton, American actor
  • February 19Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • February 21
    • Carly Colón, Puerto Rican professional wrestler
    • Christopher Hayes, American Journalist
    • Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and singer
  • February 22Patrick Merrill, Canadian lacrosse player
  • February 25László Bodnár, Hungarian footballer
  • February 28Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver


Adam Levine

Lee Pace

  • March 4
    • Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
    • Geoff Huegill, Australian swimmer
    • John Lawler (John Fratelli), Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
  • March 5Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • March 6Érik Bédard, Canadian pitcher
  • March 8Tom Chaplin, British singer (Keane)
  • March 9Melina Perez, American professional wrestler
  • March 11Benji Madden and Joel Madden, American musicians (Good Charlotte)
  • March 12Pete Doherty, British singer and guitarist (The Libertines, Babyshambles)
  • March 14
    • Nicolas Anelka, French footballer
    • Gao Ling, Chinese badminton player
  • March 15Kevin Youkilis, American baseball player
  • March 17Samoa Joe, American wrestler
  • March 17Peter Charles, architect
  • March 18Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5)
  • March 19Hedo Türkoğlu, Turkish basketball player
  • March 20
    • Freema Agyeman, British actress
    • Molly Jenson, American musician
    • Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • March 21Jimenez Lai, American architect
  • March 23Bryan Fletcher, American football player
  • March 25
    • Lee Pace, American actor
    • Natasha Yi, Korean-American actress and model
    • Traxamillion, American producer rapper
    • Gorilla Zoe, American rapper
  • March 29Estela Giménez, Spanish gymnast
  • March 30
    • Norah Jones, American musician
    • Simon Webbe, English singer (Blue)


Claire Danes

Kate Hudson

James McAvoy

  • April 3
    • Grégoire, French singer-songwriter
    • Zivile Balciunaite, Lithuanian long-distance runner
  • April 4Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008)
  • April 8
    • Tom Kurzanski, American comic artist
    • Alexi Laiho, Finnish rock guitarist (Children of Bodom)
  • April 9
    • Keshia Knight Pulliam, American actress
    • Mario Matt, Austrian alpine skier
    • Ben Silverstone, British actor
  • April 10
    • Rachel Corrie, American activist (d. 2003)
    • Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese entertainer (KinKi Kids)
    • Sophie Ellis-Bextor, British singer
  • April 11
    • Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player
    • Sebastien Grainger, Canadian singer and musician
  • April 12
    • Claire Danes, American actress
    • Jennifer Morrison, American actress
  • April 13
    • Baron Davis, American basketball player
    • Tony Lundon, Irish singer (Liberty X)
  • April 14
    • Pierre Roland, Indonesian actor
    • Rebecca DiPietro, American model
  • April 16Christijan Albers, Dutch racing driver
  • April 17Sung Si Kyung, South Korean pop/ballad singer
  • April 18
    • Kourtney Kardashian, American reality television star
    • Michael Bradley, American basketball player
    • Yusuke Kamiji, Japanese actor
    • Anthony Davidson, English racing driver
  • April 19
    • Kate Hudson, American actress
    • Antoaneta Stefanova, Bulgarian chess player
  • April 21James McAvoy, Scottish actor
  • April 22Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair)
  • April 23
    • Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
    • Jaime King, American actress
    • Yana Gupta, Indian actress of Czech origin
  • April 24Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • April 25Andreas Kuettel, Swiss ski jumper
  • April 26Janne Wirman, Finnish keyboardist (Children of Bodom)
  • April 27Travis Meeks, American musician (Days of the New)
  • April 28Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • April 29
    • Jo O'Meara, English singer (S Club 7)
    • Matt Tong, drummer (Bloc Party)


Lance Bass

Rosario Dawson

  • May 1Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union player
  • May 2Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 3Danny Foster, English singer (Hear'Say)
  • May 4
    • Wes Butters, English broadcaster
    • Lance Bass, American singer ('N Sync)
  • May 5Vincent Kartheiser, American actor
  • May 6
    • Mark Burrier, American cartoonist
    • Kerry Ellis, English stage actress/singer
    • Gerd Kanter, Estonian discus thrower
  • May 9
    • Rosario Dawson, American actress
    • Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician
  • May 10Lee Hyori, South Korean entertainer
  • May 12Adrian Serioux, Canadian soccer player
  • May 13Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden
  • May 14Urijah Faber, WEC Featherweight Champion
  • May 16Jessica Morris, American actress
  • May 18Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • May 19
    • Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
    • Diego Forlan, Urguayan football player
  • May 22Maggie Q, American actress
  • May 23Matt Flynn, drummer for the alternative band, Maroon 5
  • May 24
    • Frank Mir, American mixed martial artist
    • Tracy McGrady, American basketball player
  • May 25Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby union player
  • May 26Ashley Massaro, American wrestler and model
  • May 27Michael Buonauro, American comic creator
  • May 28Jesse Bradford, American actor
  • May 29Brian Kendrick, American wrestler
  • May 30Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player


Pete Wentz

Felicia Day

  • June 5Pete Wentz, American musician and lyricist
  • June 8Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • June 9Émilie Loit, French tennis player
  • June 12
    • Dallas Clark, American football player
    • Jodie Prenger, British actress
    • Robyn, Swedish singer-songwriter
    • Diego Milito, Argentine football player
  • June 13Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • June 14Paradorn Srichaphan, Thai tennis player
  • June 15Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • June 16Ari Hest, American singer-songwriter
  • June 18
    • Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer-songwriter
    • Chris Neil, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Yumiko Kobayashi, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)
  • June 19
    • John Duddy, Irish boxer
    • Kate Tsui, Hong Kong actress
  • June 22Sandra Klösel, German tennis player
  • June 23LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • June 24
    • Craig Shergold, British cancer patient
    • Petra Nemcova, Czech model
  • June 25Busy Philipps, American film actress
  • June 26Ryan Tedder, American singer (OneRepublic)
  • June 28
    • Randy McMichael, American football player
    • Felicia Day, American actress, writer, director, violinist, and singer
  • June 29
    • Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer
    • Abs Breen, English singer (5ive)
  • June 30
    • Rick Gonzalez, American actor
    • Faisal Shahzad, Pakistani-American bomber


Rose Byrne

  • July 1Forrest Griffin, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • July 2
    • Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
    • Ayiesha Woods, American singer
  • July 3
    • Sayuri Katayama, Japanese actress, singer and lyricist
    • Ludivine Sagnier, French model and actress
  • July 5
    • Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
    • Shane Filan, Irish singer (Westlife)
  • July 9
    • Gary Chaw, Malaysian Chinese singer
    • Ella Koon, Hong Kong actress
  • July 14Axel Teichmann, German cross-country skier
  • July 15Travis Fimmel, Australian fashion model and actor
  • July 16Kinya Kotani, Japanese singer
  • July 17Mike Vogel, American Actor
  • July 18Rick Baxter, American politician
  • July 21David Carr, American football player
  • July 24
    • Lee Si-yeon, South Korean actress
    • Stat Quo, American rapper
    • Rose Byrne, Australian actress
  • July 25Allister Carter, English snooker player
  • July 26
    • Johnson Beharry, British recipient of the Victoria Cross
    • Derek Paravicini, British pianist
    • Tamyra Gray, American singer
    • Peter Sarno, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Mageina Tovah, American actress
  • July 27
    • Jorge Arce, Mexican boxer
    • Shannon Moore, American professional wrestler
  • July 30
    • Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish professional golfer
    • Show Luo, Taiwanese singer


Jason Momoa

Evangeline Lilly

Aaron Paul

  • August 1
    • Honeysuckle Weeks, British actress
    • Jason Momoa, American actor
  • August 3Evangeline Lilly, Canadian actress
  • August 5David Healy, Northern Irish footballer
  • August 4Patryk Dominik Sztyber, Polish metal musician
  • August 7Wendy van der Plank, English actress
  • August 8Azumi Kawashima, Japanese idol and AV idol
  • August 10
    • Joanna Garcia, American actress
    • Ted Geoghegan, American screenwriter
  • August 11Bubba Crosby, American baseball player
  • August 12Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • August 13Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • August 15Dan Marshall, Canadian hockey player
  • August 16Sarah Balabagan, Filipina prisoner and singer
  • August 19Oumar Kondé, Swiss footballer
  • August 20Jamie Cullum, English jazz pianist and singer
  • August 22Matt Walters, American football player
  • August 23Ritchie Neville, English singer (5ive)
  • August 24Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
  • August 26
    • Jamal Lewis, American football player
    • Cristian Mora, Ecuadorian footballer
  • August 27
    • Giovanni Capitello, American filmmaker/actor
    • Tian Liang, Chinese diver
    • Aaron Paul, American actor
  • August 28
    • Robert Hoyzer, German football referee
    • Yuki Maeda, Japanese singer
  • August 29Justine Pasek, Miss Universe 2002
  • August 30
    • Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
    • Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress
  • August 31
    • Mickie James, American professional wrestler
    • Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film composer
    • Simon Neil, Scottish Musician (vocalist, guitarist, songwriter), Biffy Clyro Marmaduke Duke


Bam Margera

  • September 1Neg Dupree, British comedian
  • September 2Ron Ng, Hong Kong actor
  • September 3Julio Cesar, Brazilian football goalkeeper
  • September 4
    • Maxim Afinogenov, Russian ice hockey player
    • Killer Reese One, American rapper (King Fantastic)
  • September 5
    • John Carew, Norwegian footballer
    • Stacey Dales, Canadian basketball player and sportscaster
  • September 6Ned Collette, Australian singer and musician
  • September 8Pink, American singer
  • September 10
    • Andreas Aniko, Estonian footballer
    • Mustis, Norwegian pianist
  • September 11Ariana Richards, American actress
  • September 12Jay McGraw, American author, son of TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw
  • September 13Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • September 14
    • Stuart Fielden, English rugby league player
    • Kamya Panjabi, Indian television actress
  • September 15
    • Amy Davidson, American actress
    • Edna Ngeringway Kiplagat, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • September 16Fanny, French singer
  • September 17Akin Ayodele, American football player
  • September 18Alison Lohman, American actress
  • September 19Noémie Lenoir, French supermodel
  • September 20David Long, New Zealand musician
  • September 22Jericho Rosales, Filipino actor
  • September 23Lote Tuqiri, Australian rugby union player
  • September 24
    • Justin Bruening, American actor and model
    • Erin Chambers, American actress
  • September 25Rashad Evans a fighter in the MMA sport UFC
  • September 26Naomichi Marufuji, Japanese professional wrestler
  • September 27Shinji Ono, Japanese football player
  • September 28Bam Margera, American skateboarder
  • September 29Artika Sari Devi, Putri Indonesia 2004
  • September 30Vince Chong, Malaysian singer


Brandon Routh

John Krasinski

  • October 1
    • Rudi Johnson, American football player
    • Marko Stanojevic, English-born Italian rugby union player
  • October 3
    • John Hennigan, American professional wrestler
    • Matt Davis, American stand-up comedian
  • October 4Rachael Leigh Cook, American actress
  • October 7
    • Tang Wei, Chinese actress
    • Susan Eldridge, American supermodel
  • October 9
    • Vernon Fox, American football player
    • Brandon Routh, American actor
  • October 10
    • Mýa, American singer and actress
    • Wu Chun, Bruneian actor, model, and singer
    • Nicolas Massu, Chilean tennis player
  • October 11Gabe Saporta, Uruguayan singer (Cobra Starship)
  • October 13
    • Ryan Malcolm, Canadian singer
    • Mamadou Niang, Senegalese footballer
  • October 14Stacy Keibler, American actress and model
  • October 16Erin Brown, American actress
  • October 17Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish race car driver
  • October 18Ne-Yo, American singer and songwriter
  • October 19Marc Elliott, British actor
  • October 20
    • Paul O'Connell, Irish rugby union player
    • John Krasinski, American actor
  • October 23Jorge Solis, Mexican professional boxer
  • October 28
    • Martin Skoula, Czech ice hockey player
    • Brett Dennen, American folk/pop singer and songwriter
  • October 30Yukie Nakama, Japanese actress


Lamar Odom

  • November 1
    • Coco Crisp, American baseball player
    • Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • November 3
    • Tim McIlrath, American rock singer, songwriter (Rise Against)
    • Pablo Aimar, Argentine footballer
  • November 4Audrey Hollander, American pornographic actress
  • November 6
    • Lamar Odom, American basketball player
    • Myolie Wu, Hong Kong actress
  • November 7Jon Peter Lewis, American singer and songwriter
  • November 8Aaron Hughes, Northern Irish footballer
  • November 9Dania Ramirez, Dominican-American actress
  • November 12
    • Cote de Pablo, Chilean actress
    • Matt Stevic, Australian rules football umpire
  • November 13Metta World Peace, American basketball player
  • November 14
    • Mavie Hörbiger, German actress
    • Olga Kurylenko, Ukrainian model and actress
    • Mpule Kwelagobe, Miss Universe 1999
  • November 17Matthew Spring, English footballer
  • November 19
    • Mark Caguioa, Filipino professional basketball player
    • Larry Johnson, American football player
  • November 20Ericson Alexander Molano, Colombian gospel singer
  • November 21Kim Dong Wan, South Korean singer and actor
  • November 22
    • Mohammad Tanzeel-ul-siddiqi al-husaini, Pakistani author
    • Chris Doran, Irish singer
    • Scott Robinson, English singer (5ive)
  • November 23
    • Ivica Kostelic, Croatian alpine skier
    • Kelly Brook, English actress/model
  • November 27
    • Ricky Carmichael, American motorcycle and stock car racer
    • Hilary Hahn, American violinist
  • November 28
    • Jamie Korab, Canadian curler
    • Hakeem Seriki, American rapper (Chamillionaire)
  • November 29Jayceon Taylor, American rapper (The Game)


Adam Brody

Flo Rida

  • December 3
    • Rainbow Sun Francks, Canadian actor and singer
    • Rock Cartwright, American football player
    • Daniel Bedingfield, English pop singer and songwriter
  • December 5Evonne Hsu, Taiwanese singer
  • December 7
    • Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress
    • Derek Ramsay, Filipino-British model, actor, host, and VJ
    • Sara Bareilles, American singer, songwriter and pianist
  • December 8Raymond Lam, Hong Kong actor
  • December 9Olivia Lufkin, English-Japanese singer, songwriter
  • December 11Rider Strong, American Actor
  • December 14Michael Owen, English footballer
  • December 15Adam Brody, American actor
  • December 16
    • Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
    • Flo Rida, American rapper
  • December 17
    • William Green, American football player
    • Matt Murley, American hockey player
  • December 18Amy Grabow, American actress
  • December 19
    • Kevin Devine, American songwriter and musician
    • Paola Rey, Colombian actress and model
  • December 22Petra Majdič, Slovene cross-country skier
  • December 23
    • Summer Altice, American model and actress
    • Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
  • December 25Ferman Akgül, vocalist of Turkish nu-metal band maNga
  • December 26
    • Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
    • Chris Daughtry, American singer and guitarist
  • December 27Carson Palmer, American football player
  • December 28
    • James Blake, American tennis pro
    • Diego Luna, Mexican actor
  • December 30
    • Milana Terloeva, Chechen journalist and author
    • Yelawolf, American rapper
  • December 31
    • Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress
    • Bob Bryar, American drummer (My Chemical Romance)



Nelson Rockefeller

  • February 2
    • Sid Vicious, English musician (Sex Pistols) (drug overdose) (b. 1957)
    • Issa Pliyev, Soviet general (b. 1903)
  • February 3Aaron Douglas, American painter (b. 1899)
  • February 7Josef Mengele, German Nazi war criminal (b. 1911)
  • February 9Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
  • February 10Edvard Kardelj, Yugoslav communist political leader, economist, partisan and publicist (b. 1910)
  • February 12Jean Renoir, French film director (b. 1894)
  • February 14Reginald Maudling, British politician (b. 1917)
  • February 15George Dunning, cartoon director and animator (b. 1920)
  • February 17William Gargan, American actor (b. 1905)
  • February 22Sigrid Schauman, Finnish painter (b. 1877)
  • February 23W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • March 1
    • Mustafa Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician (b. 1903)
    • Dolores Costello, American actress (b. 1903)
  • March 11Victor Kilian, American actor (b. 1891)
  • March 15Léonide Massine, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1896)
  • March 19Richard Beckinsale, British actor (b. 1947)
  • March 22Ben Lyon, American actor (b. 1901)
  • March 23Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • March 24Yvonne Mitchell, English actress (b. 1915)
  • March 26Jean Stafford, American writer (b. 1915)
  • March 28Emmett Kelly, American clown (b. 1898)
  • March 29Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra, King of Malaysia (b. 1917)
  • March 30
    • Airey Neave, British politician (assassinated) (b. 1916)
    • Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra, former President of Ecuador (b. 1893)


May 29: Mary Pickford

June 11: John Wayne

  • April 1Barbara Luddy, American actress (b. 1908)
  • April 4
    • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan (executed) (b. 1928)
    • Edgar Buchanan, American actor (b. 1903)
  • April 6Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (b. 1893)
  • April 10Nino Rota, Italian composer (b. 1911)
  • April 23Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-Nazi campaigner (killed by police) (b. 1946)
  • April 24John Carroll, American actor (b. 1906)
  • May 2Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 6Milton Ager, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • May 11
    • Joan Chandler, American actress (b. 1923)
    • Lester Flatt, American bluegrass and folk singer (b. 1914)
    • Barbara Hutton, American socialite (b. 1912)
  • May 16
    • Robert Florey, French screenwriter (b. 1900)
    • A. Philip Randolph, African-American civil rights leader (b. 1889)
  • May 22Kurt Jooss, German dancer and choreographer (b. 1901)
  • May 26George Brent, Irish actor (b. 1899)
  • May 29Mary Pickford, Canadian actress and studio founder (b. 1892)
  • June 1
    • Werner Forssmann, German physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1904)
    • Ján Kadár, Czechslovakian film director (b. 1918)
    • Jack Mulhall, American actor (b. 1887)
  • June 2Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
  • June 4Lazar Lagin, Soviet satirical and children's writer (b.1903)
  • June 6Jack Haley, American actor (b. 1898)
  • June 8Muriel Coben, Canadian baseball and curling player (b. 1921)
  • June 11John Wayne, American actor (The Searchers, True Grit) (b. 1907)
  • June 13Darla Hood, American actress (b. 1930)
  • June 14Ahmad Zahir, Afghan singer and composer (b. 1946)
  • June 16Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • June 17Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (b. 1888)
  • June 19Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • June 21Angus MacLise, American rock percussionist (Velvet Underground) (b. 1938)
  • June 22Louis Chiron, Monacan Grand Prix driver (b. 1899)
  • June 25Dave Fleischer, American animator (b. 1894)
  • June 29Lowell George, American rock musician (Little Feat) (b. 1945)


  • July 3Louis Durey, French composer (b. 1888)
  • July 8
    • Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
    • Michael Wilding, English actor (b. 1912)
    • Robert B. Woodward, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1917)
  • July 9Roddy McMillan, Scottish actor (b. 1923)
  • July 10Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops) (b. 1894)
  • July 12Minnie Riperton, American R&B singer (Lovin' You) (b. 1947)
  • July 13
    • Corinne Griffith, American actress (b. 1894)
    • Ludwig Merwart, Austrian painter and graphic artist (1913)
  • July 15Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Mexican President (b. 1911)
  • July 16Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • July 22
    • Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
    • Hope Summers, American actress (b. 1896)
  • July 28George Seaton, American screenwriter and director (b. 1911)
  • July 29Bill Todman, American game show producer (b. 1916)
  • August 2
    • Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Peruvian politician, founder of the APRA Party (b. 1895)
    • Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • August 3Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • August 6Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen, German biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1911)
  • August 9Walter O'Malley, American baseball executive (b. 1903)
  • August 10Dick Foran, American actor (b. 1910)
  • August 12Ernst Boris Chain, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (b. 1906)
  • August 16John Diefenbaker, Canadian Prime Minister (b. 1895)
  • August 17Vivian Vance, American actress (b. 1909)
  • August 19
    • Mary Millington, British porn star (b. 1945)
    • Joel Teitelbaum, Hungarian Rebbe (b. 1887)
  • August 20Christian Dotremont, Belgian painter and writer (b. 1922)
  • August 22James T. Farrell, American novelist (b. 1904)
  • August 24Hanna Reitsch, German aviator (b. 1912)
  • August 25Stan Kenton, American jazz pianist (b. 1911)
  • August 26Alvin Karpis, last of America's depression era criminals. (b. 1907)
  • August 27Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British Viceroy of India (assassinated) (b. 1900)
  • August 31Sally Rand, American dancer (b. 1904)
  • September 1Doris Kenyon, American actress (b. 1897)
  • September 2Felix Aylmer, British actor (b. 1889)
  • September 4Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • September 5Alberto di Jorio, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1884)
  • September 6Guy Bolton, British playwright (b. 1884)
  • September 7Alan Browning, English actor (b. 1926)
  • September 8Jean Seberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • September 9Norrie Paramor, British music producer (b. 1914)
  • September 10Agostinho Neto, Angolan nationalist (b. 1922)
  • September 14Nur Muhammad Taraki, President of Afghanistan (b. 1917)
  • September 20
    • Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, King of Malaysia (b. 1907)
    • Ludvík Svoboda, president of Czechoslovakia (b. 1895)
  • September 21Bernard L. Austin, American admiral (b. 1902)
  • September 22Abul Ala Maududi, Pakistani journalist and philosopher (b. 1903)
  • September 24Carl Laemmle, Jr., American film studio executive (b. 1908)
  • September 26
    • John Cromwell, American film director and actor (b. 1887)
    • Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (b. 1911)
  • September 27
    • Gracie Fields, British actress (b. 1898)
    • Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish Guitarist (Paul McCartney & Wings) (b. 1953)
  • September 28John Herbert Chapman, Canadian physicist (b. 1921)
  • September 29Francisco Macías Nguema, first president of Equatorial Guinea (executed) (b. 1924)


  • October 1
    • Dorothy Arzner, American film director (b. 1897)
    • Roy Harris, American composer (b. 1898)
  • October 3Claudia Jennings, American model (b. 1949)
  • October 6Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (b. 1911)
  • October 10Dr Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • October 12
    • Katharine Blodgett, American Scientist and inventor (b. 1898)
    • Rene Gagnon, U.S. Marine flag raiser on Iwo Jima (b. 1925)
  • October 13
    • Rebecca Helferich Clarke, English composer and violist (b. 1886)
    • Clarence Muse, American actor (b. 1889)
    • Archibald Roosevelt, American conservative political activist, son of President Theodore Roosevelt (b. 1894)
  • October 16Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • October 17S.J. Perelman, American humorist (b. 1904)
  • October 22Nadia Boulanger, French composer and composition teacher (b. 1887)
  • October 26Park Chung-Hee, President of South Korea (b. 1917)
  • October 27Charles Coughlin, radio host and Catholic Priest, (b. 1891)
  • October 30
    • Barnes Wallis, British aeronautical engineer (b. 1887)
    • Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)
  • November 1Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (b. 1896)
  • November 5Al Capp, American cartoonist (b. 1909)
  • November 6Chick Evans, American golf champion (b. 1890)
  • November 11Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian film composer (b. 1894)
  • November 17Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian author and psychiatrist (b. 1895)
  • November 21
    • Marie Byles, Australian conservationist (b. 1900)
    • Paul Wexler, American actor (b. 1929)
  • November 23Merle Oberon, British actress (b. 1911)
  • November 29Zeppo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1901)
  • December 3Dhyan Chand, Indian hockey player (b. 1905)
  • December 5
    • Sonia Delaunay, Russian-French artist (b. 1885)
    • Jesse Pearson, American actor (b. 1930)
  • December 10Ann Dvorak, American actress (b. 1911)
  • December 13Jon Hall, American actor (b. 1915)
  • December 15Ethel Lackie, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1907)
  • December 22Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer (b. 1902)
  • December 23Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector (b. 1898)
  • December 25
    • Joan Blondell, American actress (b. 1906)
    • Jordi Bonet, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
    • Lee Bowman, American actor (b. 1914)
  • December 27Hafizullah Amin, General Secretary of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan, President of Afghanistan (b. 1929)
  • December 30Richard Rodgers, American composer (b. 1902)

Date unknown[]

  • Dave Line, British author

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsSheldon Lee Glashow, Abdus Salam, Steven Weinberg
  • ChemistryHerbert C. Brown, Georg Wittig
  • MedicineAllan M. Cormack, Godfrey N. Hounsfield
  • LiteratureOdysseas Elytis
  • PeaceMother Teresa
  • EconomicsTheodore Schultz, Arthur Lewis


  • The events of the 2011 fictional movie Super 8 (film) take place during the winter and summer of 1979.


This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at 1979. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

People of the year 1979 at Familypedia

40 people were born in 1979

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Carl Philip av Sverige (1979-)Carl XVI Gustaf av Sverige (1946-)Silvia Renate Sommerlath (1943-)
Carl Philip of Sweden (1979-)Carl XVI Gustaf av Sverige (1946-)Silvia Renate Sommerlath (1943-)
Roxana Bogdan (1979)Ștefan-Lupu Bogdan (1947-2002)Patricia Blanche Planté (c1952)
Jennifer Bonet (1979)Frederick Anthony Bonet (1945-1999)Jordanna Judah (1947-2007)
Pierre Charles Bouvier (1979)Joseph Henri Réal Bouvier (1945-2008)Louise Jeanne Bellavance (1949)
Cornelia Brandolini d'Adda (1979-)Rodrigo Tiberto Brandolini d'Adda (1948-)Georgine de Faucigny-Lucinge et Coligny (1949-)
Jacinta Paige Butcher (1979)Robert Butcher (1953)Hannah Balboni (1957)
Janet Caprio (1979)
Joel Rueben Combs (1979)Roger Combs (1938-2017)Robin Madden (1947-2007)
Charles-André Comeau (1979)André Joseph Philippe Comeau (1950)Françoise Marie Colette Talbot (1951)
Christopher James CottellGlyn Christopher CottellJennie Nicloe Westlake
Kevin Darnell Hart (1979)Henry Robert Witherspoon (1947-2006)Nancy Ann Hart (1951-2007)
Holli Hatcher (1979)Kyle Hatcher (1948-2017)Audrey Berkhout (1956-1999)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979)Herbert Daniel Hewitt (1942)Patricia Mae Shipp (1945-2012)
Kate Garry Hudson (1979)William Hudson (1949)Goldie Jeanne Hawn (1945)
... further results

14 children were born to the 19 women born in 1979

173 people died in 1979

 FatherMotherAge at death
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
James Abernathy (1912-1979)
Glenda Aberra (1899-1979)Shane Aberra (1870-1935)Samantha Jawara (1875-1940)
Albert Franklin Anderson (1889-1979)Charles Pehr Anderson (1856-1926)Anna Louisa Anderson (1856-1939)
Janet Anderson (1909-1979)James Anderson (1879-1956)Hannah Biemann (1880-1969)
Andrew Aubert (1913-1979)Jean-Paul Aubert (1884-1939)Anna S. Vaughn (1896-1951)
Albert Alexander Bagnall (1901-1979)Samuel Bagnall (1867-1945)Ada Beamer (bef1875-aft1901)
Dorothy Bakon (1904-1979)Frederick Bakon (1873-1955)Sarah Jane Hall (1878-1972)
Madeleine Balkoff (1929-1979)Barney Balkoff (1905-1969)Rachel Barksy (1910-1973)
Alexandra Bang (1902-1979)Johannes Nielsen Bang (c1858-1943)Louise Christofa Italia Marie Nielsen (c1864-1935)77
Mark Bangasser (1961-1979)
Laura Eva Barnes (1886-1979)93
Joachim Baumstark (1914-1979)Arnold Baumstark (1885-1959)Gunilla Bergsten (1889-1950)
Ludovico Arroyo Bañas (1901-1979)Celestino Barboza Bañas (1867-1959)Francisca Arroyo (1867-1960)
Irene Begay (1901-1979)
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4646 people lived in 1979

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
Alexander Abel-Smith (1904-1980)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
Henry Abel Smith (1900-1993)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
Robert Fuller Abell (1919-2010)Clifford Abell (1875-1965)Jennie Ferne Loshbough (1886-1957)
Elva Alice Abercrombie (1921-1985)Roy Christopher Abercrombie (1888-1959)Alice Elizabeth Harker (c1888-)
Adam Abernathy (1940-2006)James Abernathy (1912-1979)Arlene McGlinchey (1916-2000)
James Abernathy (1912-1979)
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Events of the year 1979 at Familypedia

28 people were married in 1979.

 Joined with
Terry Roland Anderson (1950-2020)Shelley Walhaug (living)
Marga Bakker (1953-)Johannes H. Tol (1956-)
Margaret Joan Bohmfalk (1958)Matthias Anthony Lynch (1944)+Keith Kolbenschlag (1958)
Violante Brandolini d'Adda (1951-)Gaetano Sersale (1948-)
Shane Patrick Carter (1956-)Patricia Ann Turner (1957-)
Hugh John Vaughan Campbell, 6th Earl Cawdor (1932-1993)Cathryn Hinde (c1932-)+Angelica Gräfin Lazansky von Bukowa ()
Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown (1953-)Alexandra Mary Peto-Shepherd (1955-)
Cyril J. Deutsch (1903-1986)+Eileen O'Malley (1919-1996)
Yen Elisabeth Eilertzen (1946)Jørgen Larsen (1932-2009)+Ole Krautwald (c1934-)
Grigore Ghika (1938-1992)Elena Emandi (1943-) + Paula Râpeanu (1941-2020)
Michael William Hale (1934-1985)Gwendoline Jane Tinley (1938-1974)+Maureen A Liddiard
Engelbertus P.J. Korver (1952-)Anne Klasien Wiersma (1955-)
Robert Korver (1954-)Sandra Lunn (1950-)
Lady Isabella LambtonJudge William Minot
Thomas Wayne Markle (1944)Roslyn Loveless (c1945)+Doria Loyce Ragland (1956)
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There were 0 military battles in 1979.

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