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Born in 1979

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The Nation 1979


Iran Hostage Crisis


With the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran after 15 years of exile the Iranian army mutinies and joins the Islamic Revolution. 3000 radical students climb the walls of the US Embassy and take 53 American hostages. President Carter sends a rescue mission that fails in the desert of Eastern Iran. The Iranian Hostage Crisis At Jimmy Carter Center.

3 mile island 1979


A cooling tower relief valve failed at the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania causing a partial meltdown. The accident and the movie The China Syndrome about a fictional nuclear plant meltdown put an end to new construction of nuclear plants in the United States. Three Mile Island Accident..


dan white 1979Called the White Night Riots San Francisco gays turned violent after Dan White who had killed Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone was convicted of voluntary manslaughter under what became known as "The Twinkie Defense". Police retaliated by raiding area gay bars. The gay community rose out of the ashes re electing gay friendly mayor Dianne Feinstein and become more accepted in American culture. Dan White served 5 years of his 7 year sentence and committed suicide shortly after his release in 1985. The White Night Riots.


swamp rabbit 1979


Near his home in Plains, Georgia, President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a large swamp rabbit intend upon climbing into the small boat he was fishing in alone. Secret Service took verified the story and took a picture of the rabbit after Carter had used oars to dissuade it. It became an issue for Republicans to paint Carter as ineffectual. It worked! The Swamp Rabbit Incident.


Nobel prizes 1979


Physics - Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa, Arno Allan Penzias, Robert Woodrow Wilson
Chemistry - Peter D. Mitchell
Medicine - Werner Arber, Daniel Nathans, Hamilton O. Smith
Literature - Isaac Bashevis Singer
Peace - Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin
Economics - Herbert Simon

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time man of the year willy brandt

"The dour old man of 79 shuffles in his heel-less slippers to the rooftop and waves apathetically to crowds that surround his modest home in the holy city of Qum. The hooded eyes that glare out so balefully from beneath his black turban are often turned upward, as if seeking inspiration from on high—which, as a religious mystic, he indeed is. To Iran's Shi'ite Muslim laity, he is the Imam, an ascetic spiritual leader whose teachings are unquestioned. To hundreds of millions of others, he is a fanatic whose judgments are harsh, reasoning bizarre and conclusions surreal. He is learned in the ways of Shari'a (Islamic law) and Platonic philosophy, yet astonishingly ignorant of and indifferent to non-Muslim culture. Rarely has so improbable a leader shaken the world." Time cover story Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

The World 1979

Margaret Thatcher 1978



Margaret Thatcher
becomes the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Soon to be come dubbed the "Iron Lady" she and her Conservative Party hold power until 1990. Margaret Thatcher History Page.





Mujahideen 1979The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan and installs Babrak Karmal to lead their puppet government in Kabul. The war goes on for 10 years causing the Soviet Union so much trouble it is one of the main causes of its fall in 1989. The United States backed and supplied surface to air missiles to the Mujahideen led by Osama bin Laden. Russian Invasion of Afghanistan.


Bill Stewart 1979After the world watches a video of a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier killing ABC news correspondent Bill Stewart and his interpreter, Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle flees the country to Miami, Florida. The end of the Somoza regime



ixtoc blowout 1979

The Ixtoc I oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico spills up to 428 million gallons of oil into the Southern Gulf. It is the worst oil spill to date. The Ixtoc well blowout.



The Peoples Republic of China reaches one billion people and implements the still controversial One Child Policy, One Child Policy in China at wiki,


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Seventies Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Seventies in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Seventies websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Seventies including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Seventies Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.

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Seventies Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Sixties Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



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