1979

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1979 was the 108th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.

Events

Richard Arrington, Jr became Birmingham's first African-American mayor in 1979

Business

Government

Media

Sports

Individuals

Births

Babec, born in 1979

Awards

Graduations

Deaths

See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1979

Works

Books

Buildings

Demolitions

Listings

Context

In 1979 the United States was experiencing an energy crisis. The US established diplomatic relations with China. The Khmer Rouge was overthrown in Cambodia. Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran after the Shah fled the country. Isreal and Egypt signed a peace treaty. The nuclear plant at Three Mile Island leaked radiation. Malta won its freedom. Margaret Thatcher became prime minister of the United Kingdom. A jetliner crash at O'Hare airport kills 273 people. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was introduced. ESPN debuted. Hurricane Frederic hit Mobile. The USSR invaded Afghanistan. Notable 1979 births include singer Norah Jones, actresses Claire Danes, Rosario Dawson and Kate Hudson, and football players LaDainian Tomlinson, Carson Palmer and Jamal Lewis. Deaths in 1979 included Charles Mingus, Nelson Rockefeller, Sid Vicious, Mr Ed, Mary Pickford, Vivian Vance, Mamie Eisenhower, Peggy Guggenheim and Zeppo Marx. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize. Top grossing films were Kramer vs Kramer, Rocky II, Alien, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and The Muppet Movie.

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