DHS Class of 1979
25th Reunion Pictures
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Notable Events of 1979
The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocate to Egypt after a year of turmoil. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seizes power in Iran.
In Kabul, Muslim extremists kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
The People's Republic of China invades northern Vietnam launching the Sino-Vietnamese War.
Nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pa., releases radiation.
The first gay rights march in the United States takes place in Washington, DC, involving many tens of thousands of people.
ESPN starts broadcasting.
Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged his people to demonstrate on November 4th and to expand attacks on United States and Israeli interest (on November 4 militants seized the US embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage).
The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan is attacked by a mob and set afire, killing four.
In Antarctica, a DC-10 carrying Air Zealand Flight 901 crashes into Mount Erebus on a sightseeing trip, killing all 257 people on board.
The World Health Organization declares the world free of naturally occurring smallpox.
The Susan B. Anthony one dollar coin is introduced in the US.
VisiCalc becomes the first spreadsheet program.
Top Grossing Films of 1979
Kramer vs. Kramer
The Muppet Movie
Other Films of the Year
Production begins on Raiders of the Lost Ark
Production begins on The Empire Strikes Back
The Year in Music
Disco reigned supreme in 1979, with several #1 hits from
The Bee Gees and Donna Summer this 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" and Rod Stewart with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy".
Spirits Have Flown - The Bee Gees
Eat to the Beat - Blondie
Bop till you Drop - Ry Cooder
52nd Street - Billy Joel
Victims of Love - Elton John
Back to the Egg - Paul McCartney and Wings
Greatest Hits - Steely Dan
Into the Music - Van Morrison
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Popular Television Shows
Little House on the Prairie
Mork and Mindy
WKRP in Cincinnati
Wheel of Fortune
Knot's Landing begins this year
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