News of 1979
Notable People of 1979
- President of the United States: Jimmy Carter
- Vice President: Walter Mondale
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Thomas "Tip" O'Neill
- Governor of West Virginia: John D. Rockefeller IV
- Mayor of South Charleston: Richie Robb (SCHS, '64)
Other News from 1979
- Militant followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini take over the U.S. embassy in Iran.
- Worst nuclear accident in U.S. history happens at Three Mile Island nuclear plant.
- The nation's first space station, Skylab, falls out of orbit.
- Gasoline shortages lead to long lines at the gas pumps.
- Soviet troops invade Afghanistan.
- Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom.
- Pulitzer Prize (Letters): The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever.
- Nobel Peace Prize: Mother Teresa.
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