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This year in History: Born in 1979 and fun news items.

This year in History

The year 1979


October 10   The Pac-Man arcade game is first released

October 17   Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

November 20   The 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs in the US.

November 28   Billy Smith becomes the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal in a game.

December 12   Northern Rhodesia changes its name to Zimbabwe.

March 26   Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty in Washington, DC

March 28   A radiation leak occurs at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the US

May 4   Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

June 26   Muhammad Ali retires from boxing.

July 24   Carl Yastrzemski hits his 400th career home run at Fenway Park.

September 7   ESPN, the first all sports cable network, makes its debut.

Famous Birthdays:

January 15   Drew Brees (NFL Quarterback)

January 16   Aaliyah (Singer and Actress)

January 24   Tatyana Ali (Actress)

February 11   Brandy (Singer and Actress)

February 21   Jennifer Love Hewitt (Actress)

March 18   Adam Levine (Singer for Maroon 5)

March 30   Norah Jones (Singer)

April 4   Heath Ledger (Actor)

April 9   Keisha Knight Pulliam (Actress from Cosby Show)

April 12   Claire Danes (Actress)

April 18   Kourtney Kardashian (Reality TV star)

April 19   Kate Hudson (Actress)

April 22   Daniel Johns (Singer)

May 4   Lance Bass (Singer Nsync)

May 24   Tracy McGrady (Basketball Player)

June 12   Dallas Clark (NFL Football player)

June 22   Joey Cheek (Speed Skater)

July 31   B. J. Novak (Actor from The Office)

August 3   Evangeline Lily (Actress)

August 26   Jamal Lewis (Football Player)

September 8   Pink (Singer)

September 18   Allison Lohman (Actress)

September 28   Bam Margera (Skateboarder)

October 7   Shawn Ashmore (Actor - X-Men)

October 10   Mya (Singer)

October 20   John Krasinski (TV Actor - The Office)

December 11   Rider Strong (Actor - Boy Meets World)

December 15   Adam Brody (Actor)

December 26   Christ Daughtry (American Idol Contestant)

December 27   Carson Palmer (Football Player)


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