The Clash Hit the U.S. With ‘I Fought the Law’ on This Day in 1979 and Other Momentus Events [Video]
Here's a music history note for you: it was back on this day in 1979 that the Clash released their first U.S. single "I fought the law". What a great song! Check out the music video below and then see what other notable events took place in the U.S. in 1979. It's quite the walk down memory lane.
- January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert is held at the United Nations General Assembly to raise money for UNICEF and promote the Year of the Child. It is broadcast the following day in the United States and around the world. Hosted by The Bee Gees, other performers include Donna Summer, ABBA, Rod Stewart and Earth, Wind & Fire. A soundtrack album is later released.
- January 21 – Super Bowl XIII: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 35–31 at the Miami Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
- January 29 – Brenda Ann Spencer opens fire at a school in San Diego, California, killing 2 faculty members and wounding 8 students. Her response to the action, "I don't like Mondays," inspired the Boomtown Rats to make a song of the same name.
- February 1 – Convicted bank robber Patty Hearst is released from prison after her sentence is commuted by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
- March 25 – The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center, to be prepared for its first launch.
- March 29 – America's most serious nuclear power plant accident at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania.
- May 25 – Six-year-old Etan Patz disappears in New York City. The incident helps spark the missing children's movement.
- June – McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal.
- July 2 – The Susan B. Anthony dollar is introduced in the U.S.
- August 10 – Michael Jackson releases his first breakthrough album Off the Wall. It sells 7 million copies in the United States alone, making it a 7x platinum album.
- September 23 – The largest anti-nuclear demonstration to date was held in New York City, when almost 200,000 people attended.
- October 17 – 1979 World Series: The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Baltimore Orioles.
- November 4 – Iran hostage crisis begins: 3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 90 hostages (53 of whom are American). They demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.
- December 6 – The world premiere for Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.