World Series Champions:
Superbowl XIII Champions:
Stanley Cup Champs:
U.S. Open Golf:
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
John McEnroe/Tracy Austin
Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Susan Anton, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Lynda Carter, Bo Derek, Farrah Fawcett, Erin Gray, Shelly Hack, Debbie Harry, Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, 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"
Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Kylene Barker (Roanoke, VA)
Mary Therese Friel (New York)
Ford's Pinto automobile design allowed its fuel tank to be easily damaged in the event of a rear-end collision which sometimes resulted in deadly fires and explosions. It was first noticed by Ford in 1971 tests.
On March 28, Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania, had a near melt-down. No one was reported killed or injured, but the accident changed many regulations for American nuclear reactors.
52 Americans are taken hostage in Tehran, Iran for 444 days. Four days later, ABC's Nighline premiered, centering on the crisis.
NASA's Skylab fell to Earth, landing mostly in the Indian Ocean.
Rock and Roll Death: Sid Vicious (heroin overdose)
11 people were crushed to death outside of Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum prior to a concert by The Who.
Black and Decker released the now-famous cordless mini-vacuum, The Dustbuster.
ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) began broadcasting o September 7.
Victoria's Secret stores opened in 1979. It went national in 1982 after being acquired by Limited Brands.
Rhodesia became Zimbabwe
April 1st - Nickelodeon TV cable network began.
Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1979: $185,000
Walking while listening to tapes on your Sony Walkman and wearing a LaCoste preppy shirt with the famous alligator on the left side.
1st appearances & 1979's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
1979 Most Popular TV shows
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)
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
- Source: http://pop-culture.us/Annual/1979.html#sthash.5y69nEXz.dpuf