•    US embassy in Iran seized by “students”, and embassy staff are held hostage.
•    The accident at 3 Mile Island when radiation is released into the atmosphere.
•    The “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain.
•    Voyager I discovers faint ring system around Jupiter.
•    Gold would rocket past $400 per ounce.
•    Gas prices shot up a record 85%!
•    It actually snowed for nearly 30 minutes in the Sahara Desert!  
•    11 people were trampled to death outside the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, OH, going to the general admission Who Concert.



•    MOVIES: “1941” (Won 3 Academy Awards) “Escape from Alcatraz” and “Star Trek- The Motion Picture”
•    T.V.: “Dallas” “Alice” & “Dukes of Hazzard”
•    The Sony Walkman is introduced.
•    CompuServe begins offering the first commercial on-line services.
•    “Asteroids” becomes bigger than “Space Invaders”.
•    The Garfield comic strip debuts.

•    Ted Cassidy: Lurch on The Addams Family.
•    Mary Pickford: One of founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
•    Sid Vicious
•    John Wayne

•    Coming from the L.A. club scene The Knack would take 11 days and spend only $17,000 to record their freshman effort “My Sharona”
•    Lead Singer Doug Fieger claimed that “My Sharona” was written in 15 minutes.
•    Sharona Alperin appears on the picture sleeve for the single and is now a real estate agent in Los Angeles.
•    The song held the number one spot for 6 weeks.
•    Here’s The Knack with “My Sharona” from The Knack your number 1@1 from August 1979.


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