1979 in history

1979 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1979, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1979.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1979 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1979 in Britain too.

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1979

  • Alien and Rocky 2 were released.

  • McDonald's introduced the Happy Meal.

  • Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Britain, with the Conservatives winning the election in May after the James Callaghan's previous minority Labour government lost a vote of confidence.

  • The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS.

  • Britain' opened its's first nudist beach in August of this year, in Brighton.

  • Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • The U.S. Voyager 1 spaceprobe photos revealed Jupiter's rings.

  • It was the "winter of discontent" as tens of thousands of public-workers went on strike at the start of the year.

  • The first J D Wetherspoon pub is established by Tim Martin in Haringey.

  • A record of more than 1.7 million new cars were sold in the UK. Fords were the most popular, with the Cortina selling more than 190,000 units.

  • The Pope addressed 285,000 people at a youth rally in Galway, before travelling to Knock, County Mayo where a further 300,000 people heard him speak.

  • The new headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland were officially opened on Dame Street in December.

  • Charles Haughey replaced Jack Lynch as an Taoiseach.


While these facts about 1979 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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I don't pretend to be anything close to a big player in the media industry. I'd like to think that's an advantage. Instead I try to remain well-read and approach things from a considered viewpoint, even if I absolutely hate the way the industry is going.

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