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  • New York, U.S.
    Monday Mar 12, 1979
    Robin Williams

    First appearance on Time's magazine

    New York, U.S.
    Monday Mar 12, 1979

    Mork became popular, featured on posters, coloring books, lunch-boxes, and other merchandise. Mork & Mindy was such a success in its first season that Williams appeared on the March 12, 1979, cover of Time magazine. The cover photo, taken by Michael Dressler in 1979, is said to have " his different sides: the funnyman mugging for the camera, and a sweet, more thoughtful pose that appears on a small TV he holds in his hands" according to Mary Forgione of the Los Angeles Times. This photo was installed in the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution shortly after his death to allow visitors to pay their respects.




  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 25, 1979
    Plane Accidents

    American Airlines Flight 191

    Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 25, 1979

    American Airlines Flight 191, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, crashed on May 25, 1979, shortly after lifting off the runway at Chicago O'Hare Airport after the number one (left) engine and pylon separated from the wing. This broke hydraulic lines, causing leading edge lift devices to retract on that side of the aircraft and resulted in an asymmetrical lift and loss of control. The accident was attributed to improper maintenance procedures. The crash resulted in the deaths of all 271 passengers and crew on board, as well as two people on the ground. It remains the deadliest commercial aircraft accident in United States history.




  • U.S.
    Friday Jun 29, 1979
    Audrey Hepburn

    Bloodline

    U.S.
    Friday Jun 29, 1979

    Hepburn reunited with director Terence Young in the production of Bloodline (1979), sharing top-billing with Ben Gazzara, James Mason, and Romy Schneider.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Jul 6, 1979
    Kevin Hart

    Birth

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Friday Jul 6, 1979

    Hart was born on July 6, 1979, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 24, 1979
    Ted Bundy

    Edward Cowart imposed death sentences for the murder convictions

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 24, 1979

    The jury deliberated for less than seven hours before convicting him on July 24, 1979, of the Bowman and Levy murders, three counts of attempted first-degree murder (for the assaults on Kleiner, Chandler, and Thomas), and two counts of burglary. Trial judge Edward Cowart imposed death sentences for the murder convictions.




  • U.S.
    Friday Jul 27, 1979
    Muhammad Ali Clay

    Short live retirement

    U.S.
    Friday Jul 27, 1979

    Following this win, on July 27, 1979, Ali announced his retirement from boxing. His retirement was short-lived, however; Ali announced his comeback to face Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship an unprecedented fourth time. The fight was largely motivated by Ali's need for money.




  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 1979
    Johan Cruyff

    To Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 1979

    At the age of 32, Cruyff signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League (NASL).


  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 23, 1979
    Robin Williams

    Second appearance on Time's cover

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Aug 23, 1979

    Williams also appeared on the cover of August 23, 1979, issue of Rolling Stone, photographed by Richard Avedon.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 13, 1979
    1973 oil crisis

    Carter orders cessation of Iranian imports to the U.S.

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 13, 1979

    Carter orders cessation of Iranian imports to the U.S.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Dec 29, 1979
    Gulf War

    The developing US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism

    U.S.
    Saturday Dec 29, 1979

    The US disliked Iraqi support for many Arab and Palestinian militant groups such as Abu Nidal, which led to Iraq's inclusion on the developing US list of State Sponsors of Terrorism on 29 December 1979.


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