What was making history in 1979?










Missing Classmates



What was happening in1979?



In Memory



Graduating Class of 1979



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January 12, 1979          Record blizzard struck the Midwest killing over 100 people

                                        The 6th Annual American Music Awards - Barry Manilow & Linda Ronstadt winners

January 13, 1979          YMCA files suit against the Village People for recording the YMCA song

January 14, 1979          President Carter proposes to make Martin Luther King birthday a national holiday

January 21, 1979          SuperBowl XIII with Pittsburgh Steelers beating the Dallas Cowboys 35 to 31 and

                                        Terry   Bradshaw, Quarterback of the Steelers is named MVP

January 23, 1979          Willie Mays elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 26, 1979          The "Dukes of Hazard" premieres on CBS's vast wasteland

January 29, 1979          Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded after 10 years together

                                         The 9th NFL Pro Bowl - NFC beats AFC 13 -7

February 14, 1979         Adolph Dubs, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan is murdered

February 18, 1979         NASA launches space vehicle S-202

                                         Snow falls in the Sahara Desert

February 28, 1979        Mr. Ed, the talking horse dies

March 2, 1979                Sir Richard Sykes, the British Ambassador is assassinated in Holland

March 4, 1979                200th episode of "All in the Family"

                                         US Voyager I photographs Jupiter's rings

March 9, 1979               Io, a satellite on Jupiter discovers the first extraterrestrial volcano

March 22, 1979             The Israeli Parliament approves a peace treaty with Egypt

March 26, 1979             Michigan State Spartans shatters Indian State's 33 game winning streak and

                                         Magic Johnson outscores Larry Bird 24-19

April 8, 1979                  204th episode of "All in the Family" is the final episode

May 3, 1979                   Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister of  Britain

May 12, 1979                 Chris Everett's 125 match winning streak comes to an end

May 25, 1979                 American Airline's DC-10 crashes during a take off at Chicago's O'Hare Airport killing 275 people

July 16, 1979                  Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq

July 18, 1979                  Gold hits a record price of $303.85 an ounce in London

August 10, 1979             Michael Jackson releases his first breakthrough album Off the Wall

September 7, 1979         The Entertainment Sports Programming Network, ESPN debuts

September 24, 1979      CompuServe system is started

September 27, 1979      Congress approves the creation of the "Department of Education"

September 28, 1979     Larry Holmes retains championship as he knocks out Earnie Shavers in 11 rounds

September 29, 1979     Pope John Paul II is the 1st pope to visit Ireland

                                         Gold hits a record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong

October 1, 1979             The United States returns the "canal zone" to Panama after 75 years, but not the canal

October 6, 1979             Pope John Paul II is the 1st pope to visit the White House

October 11, 1979           Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hounsefield wins the Medical Nobel Prize for

                                         developing the CAT scan


December  15, 1979           The New York Knicks retire the 2nd number - Walt Frazer's #10





The 1979 Academy Awards on April 14, 1980 presented the following awards:

Best Picture - Kramer, Stanley R. Jaffe, producer (Columbia)

Nominated:  All That Jazz, Robert Alan Aurthur, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)Apocalypse Now, Francis Coppola, producer; Fred Roos, Gray Frederickson and Tom Sternberg, co-producers (United Artists)Breaking Away, Peter Yates, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)Kramer vs. Norma Rae, Tamara Asseyev and Alex Rose, producers (Twentieth Century-Fox)

Actor in a Leading Role Dustin Hoffman, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome
  Al Pacino, …And Justice for All
  Roy Scheider, All That Jazz
  Peter Sellers, Being There
Actress in a Leading Role Sally Field, Norma Rae 
  Jill Clayburgh, Starting Over
  Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome
  Marsha Mason, Chapter Two
  Bette Midler, The Rose
Actor in a Supporting Role Melvyn Douglas, Being There
  Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now
  Frederic Forrest, The Rose
  Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Mickey Rooney, The Black Stallion
Actress in a Supporting Role Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away
  Candice Bergen, Starting Over
  Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan
  Jane Alexander, Kramer vs. Kramer
Directing Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Francis Coppola, Apocalypse Now
  Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
  Edouard Molinaro, La Cage aux Folles
  Peter Yates, Breaking Away
Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Steve Tesich, Breaking Away
  Robert Alan Aurthur and Bob Fosse, All That Jazz
  Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson, …And Justice for All
  Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges, The China Syndrome
  Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, Manhattan
Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium Robert Benton, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Allan Burns, A Little Romance
  John Milius and Francis Coppola, Apocalypse Now
  Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., Norma Rae
  Francis Veber, Edouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon and Jean Poiret, La Cage Aux Folles
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro, Apocalypse Now
  William A. Fraker, 1941
  Frank Phillips, The Black Hole
  Giuseppe Rotunno, All That Jazz
  Nestor Almendros, Kramer vs. Kramer
Art Direction Philip Rosenberg and Tony Walton, art direction; Edward Stewart and Gary Brink, set decoration, All That Jazz
  Harold Michelson, Joe Jennings, Leon Harris and John Vallone, art direction; Linda DeScenna, set decoration, Star Trek—The Motion Picture
   George Jenkins, art direction; Arthur Jeph Parker, set decoration, The China Syndrome
  Michael Seymour, Les Dilley and Roger Christian, art direction; lan Whittaker, set decoration, Alien
  Dean Tavoularis and Angelo Graham, art direction; George R. Nelson, set decoration, Apocalypse Now
Sound Walter Murch, Mark Berger, Richard Beggs and Nat Boxer, Apocalypse Now 
  William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, Michael J. Kohut and Jack Solomon, Meteor
  Robert Knudson, Robert J. Glass, Don MacDougall and Gene S. Cantamessa, 1941
  Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Michael Minkler and Al Overton, The Electric Horseman
  Theodore Soderberg, Douglas Williams, Paul Wells and Jim Webb, The Rose
Original Song It Goes Like It Goes, Norma Rae, music by David Shire; lyrics by Norman Gimbel 
  I'll Never Say `Goodbye', The Promise, David Shire, music; Alan and Marilyn Bergman, lyrics
  It's Easy to Say,” 10, Henry Mancini, music; Robert Wells, lyrics
  The Rainbow Connection, The Muppet Movie, Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, music and lyrics
  Through the Eyes of Love, Ice Castles, Marvin Hamlisch, music; Carole Bayer Sager, lyrics
Original Score Georges Delerue, A Little Romance
  Jerry Goldsmith, Star Trek—The Motion Picture
  Dave Grusin, The Champ
  Henry Mancini, 10
  Lalo Schifrin, The Amityville Horror
Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score Ralph Burns, All That Jazz
  Patrick Williams, Breaking Away
  Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher, song; Paul Williams, adaptation, The Muppet Movie
Film Editing Alan Heim, All That Jazz
  Jerry Greenberg, Kramer vs. Kramer
  Robert Dalva, The Black Stallion
  Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg and Lisa Fruchtman, Apocalypse Now
  Robert L. Wolfe and C. Timothy O'Meara, The Rose
Costume Design Albert Wolsky, All That Jazz
  Shirley Russell, Agatha
  William Ware Theiss, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  Piero Tosi and Ambra Danon, La Cage aux Folles
  Judy Moorcroft, The Europeans
Visual Effects H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder and Denys Ayling, Alien
  William A. Fraker, A. D. Flowers and Gregory Jein, 1941
  Peter Ellenshaw, Art Cruickshank, Eustace Lycett, Danny Lee, Harrison Ellenshaw and Joe Hale, The Black Hole
  Derek Meddings, Paul Wilson and John Evans, Moonraker
  Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, Dave Stewart and Grant McCune, Star Trek—The Motion Picture
Short Films
Animated Every Child (Derek Lamb, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
   Dream Doll (Bob Godfrey Films/Zagreb Films/Halas and Batchelor; FilmWright)
  It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House (Paul Fierlinger, producer; AR&T Productions for Learning Corporation of America)
Live Action Board and Care (Sarah Pillsbury and Ron Ellis, producers; Ron Ellis Films)
  Bravery in the Field (Roman Kroitor and Stefan Wodoslawsky, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  Oh Brother, My Brother (Carol Lowell and Ross Lowell, producers; Pyramid Films, Inc.)
  The Solar Film (Saul Bass and Michael Britton, producers; Wildwood Enterprises Inc.)
  Solly's Diner (Harry Mathias, Jay Zukerman and Larry Hankin, producers; Mathias/Zukerman/Hankin Productions)
Short Subject Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (Saul J. Turell, producer; Janus Films, Inc.)
  Koryo Celadon (Donald A. Connolly and James R. Messenger, producers; Charlie/Papa Productions, Inc.)
  Nails (Phillip Borsos, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
  Dae (Risto Teofilovski, producer; Vardar Film/Skopje)
  Remember Me (Dick Young, producer; Dick Young Productions, Ltd.)
Feature Best Boy (Ira Wohl, producer; Only Child Motion Pictures, Inc.)
  Generation on the Wind (David A. Vassar, producer; More Than One Medium)
  Going the Distance (Paul Cowan and Jacques Bobet, producers; National Film Board of Canada)
  The Killing Ground (Steve Singer and Tom Priestley, producers; ABC News Closeup Unit)
  The War at Home (Glenn Silber and Barry Alexander Brown, producers; Catalyst Films/Madison Film Production Co.)
Foreign Language Film The Tin Drum, Federal Republic of Germany—West
  Mama Turns a Hundred, Spain
  A Simple Story, France
  The Maids of Wilko, Poland
  To Forget Venice, Italy
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Ray Stark
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Robert Benjamin
Honorary Awards To Hal Elias for his dedication and distinguished service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  To Alec Guinness for advancing the art of screen acting through a host of memorable and distinguished performances
  John O. Aalberg, Charles G. Clarke and John G. Frayne in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Special Achievement Award
Sound Editing Alan Splet, The Black Stallion



  • Disco reigns supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer that year. Several artists who were not regarded as dance/disco acts, scored major successes by releasing disco singles, including New Wave band Blondie with their first US number one single "Heart of Glass", Rod Stewart with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and rock band Electric Light Orchestra go disco this year with their UK #1 LP Discovery. Country star Kenny Rogers also issues a disco influenced album, entitled Kenny. Hard rock band KISS also has a disco hit this year with "I Was Made For Lovin You".
  • The backlash against disco among rock loyalists is also peaking. An anti-disco event in Chicago, Illinois ultimately forced the cancellation of a major league baseball game. When The Knack's song "My Sharona" hit Billboard's #1 for six weeks, many rock critics celebrated the beginning of the end for disco music. While 1979 may have marked the climax of disco, it was also the only popular year for The Knack, who quickly faded into obscurity.
  • Kate Bush embarked on her first, and to date, only tour in April. She became the first artist to use a wireless microphone, enabling her to sing and dance at the same time.
  • Elton John reunited with lyricist Bernie Taupin after a three-year break. The duos recent songs are recorded in August of 1979, to be released a year later on "21 at 33".


Albums released


US Number One Singles and Artist
(Weeks at Number One)

Le Freak" - Chic (2 weeks in 1978 + 4 weeks in 1979)
Too Much Heaven" - Bee Gees (2)
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" - Rod Stewart (4)
I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor (3)
Tragedy" - Bee Gees (2)
What a Fool Believes" - The Doobie Brothers (1)
"Knock on Wood" -
Amii Stewart (1)
Heart of Glass" - Blondie (1)
Reunited" - Peaches & Herb (4)
Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer (3)
Love You Inside Out" - Bee Gees (1)
Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward (2)
Bad Girls" - Donna Summer (5)
Good Times" - Chic (1)
My Sharona" - The Knack (6)
Sad Eyes" - Robert John (1)
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson (1)
Rise" - Herb Alpert (2)
Pop Muzik" - M (1)
Heartache Tonight" - The Eagles (1)
"Still" -
Commodores (1)
No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" - Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer (2)
Babe" - Styx (2)
Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes (2 weeks in 1979 + 1 week in 1980)