As of 2014, major events of 35 years ago (the year 1979) include establishment of full diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the collapse of the Pol Pot regime in Vietnam and the Iranian hostage crisis. In entertainment, major events were the death of Sid Vicious and the television debut of "The Dukes of Hazzard."Know More
Other major events of the year include the establishment of Islamic government in Iran, the start of the Sino-Vietnamese war, the release of Patty Hearst from prison, the institution of the "One Child" policy in China, the departure of British forces from Malta, Pope John Paul II's visit to Poland, the election of Margaret Thatcher and the sentencing of Dan White for the murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.
Notable disasters were the crash of American Airlines Flight 191, the Ixtoc I oil well disaster, the murder of Bill Stewart, the assassination attempt on Alexander Haig and the Montenegro earthquake.
Pop culture events include the release of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall," the debut of ESPN, and the debut of the first Star Trek movie. The first demonstration of the compact disc and the introduction of the Happy Meal by McDonalds occurred in 1979 as well. In sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Supersonics and Montreal Canadians all won championships in their respective leagues.Learn more about Modern History
The Cambodian genocide was caused by Khmer Rouge party leader Pol Pot's attempt to eliminate anyone potentially opposed to his proposed system of labor in a federation of collective farms, according to World Without Genocide. Pol Pot's project was inspired by Maoist-Communist ideals.Full Answer >
The Iran hostage crisis occurred when Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a domineering Iranian ruler who was recently expelled from his country, was granted access into the United States by President Jimmy Carter to receive cancer treatment. This caused an outrage in Iran, leading many Iranian citizens to feel greatly betrayed by the country that once supported them. Iran's Islamic citizens eventually stormed the U.S. embassy, holding 66 Americans hostage.Full Answer >
Shays' Rebellion was caused by the large amount of debt that farmers were experiencing in the 1780s and a lack of economic crisis laws in Massachusetts. Shays' Rebellion was ineffective in its goal to help farmers, but it did lead to Massachusetts' Governor James Bowdoin losing the following election.Full Answer >
The Panic of 1873 was caused when Jay Cooke and Company, a major financial company at that time, shut its doors and signaled an economic collapse. Because Jay Cooke and Company backed many of the country's railroad projects at the time, it was a believed to be a bad sign.Full Answer >