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 United States entered the Korean War in June of 1950 as part of a United Nations effort to assist South Korea in its civil war with North Korea, which was supported by both China and the Soviet Union. The origins of the conflict began in 1945, when Korea was removed from Japanese rule at the end of World War II, and it was during this conflict that the division along the 38th parallel was established to separate North and South Korea.Full Answer >
The Vietnam War was fought in an attempt to stem the communist rule of Vietnam; it did not succeed in its objectives despite massive loss of life for both South and North Vietnamese and the United States, who stepped in to try and prevent Communist rule in the region. The Vietnam War formerly held the title of the longest war in U.S. history until the war in Afghanistan. Despite military intervention by the U.S., the North Vietnamese was able to overtake the South Vietnamese and the Vietnam War takes its place in history as the only war that the U.S. ever lost.Full Answer >
The year 1861 was filled with many historically significant events including the commencement of the Civil War, the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States and the admittance of Kansas as the 34th state of the United States.Full Answer >
Find a timeline of the major events in history at Fincher.org, a website that contains geologic and world timelines spanning billions of years. About.com has a timeline available for major events in ancient history, while History Central has a world history timeline divided into four major periods.Full Answer >