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.

  • Xtra-vision opened their first store.

  • 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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Tedious about the author bit

Radio producer and travel historian. I write about travel patterns, urban development, heavy machinery and lists.

I love the places people pass through along their journey, and societies that have been shaped by our need to get around.

Producer experienced with entertainment and talk shows with an attitude described as "amusingly surly".

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