October 1979 in history

October 1979 events chronologically

Oct 1 Pope John Paul II begins his first pastoral visit to the United States
Oct 1 The MTR, the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong, opens
Oct 1 The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama
Oct 2 Pope John Paul II denounces all forms of concentration camps and torture while speaking at the U.N. in New York City
Oct 6 Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House
Oct 12 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published
Oct 12 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip

Top 7 most famous people born in October 1979

Oct 1 Curtis Axel an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he wrestles under the ring name Curtis Axel.
Oct 3 John Morrison (wrestler) an American professional wrestler and actor, who is best known for his work in WWE where he was better known by his ring names John Morrison and Johnny Nitro. He is currently working for Lucha Underground as Johnny Mundo
Oct 10 Mýa an American hip hop and R&B singer, record producer, philanthropist, and actress. Harrison's eponymous debut album with Interscope Records was released in April 1998. It sold over one million copies in the United States, producing the gold-certified top ten single "It's All About Me" featuring Sisqó. Her second studio album, platinum-plus selling Fear of Flying was released in 2000 and became a worldwide success, with single "Case of the Ex" becoming Mýa's breakthrough hit; topping the Australian Singles Chart for two consecutive weeks
Oct 13 Wes Brown an English footballer who plays as a defender for Sunderland. Before joining Sunderland, Brown had spent his entire career at Old Trafford, having joined the Manchester United youth team in 1996. He made his senior debut in 1998 and became a regular first team player in the 1998–99 season, in which he was part of the club's Treble-winning team. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years he won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup, and another Champions League. Manager Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is "without question the best natural defender this club has had for years."
Oct 15 Paul Robinson (footballer born 1979) an English professional footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a goalkeeper. He is a former England international, earning 41 caps between 2003 and 2007
Oct 17 Kimi Räikkönen a Finnish racing driver. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he won the 2007 Formula One World Drivers' Championship, he competed in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, he returned to Formula One, driving for Lotus and continued to drive for Lotus in 2013. On September 11, 2013, Ferrari announced their signing of Räikkönen on a two year contract, beginning in the 2014 season
Oct 31 Simão Sabrosa a Portuguese professional footballer who plays mainly as a left winger, with dribbling and set piece skills as primary attributes.

Top 7 most famous people died in October 1979

Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop an American poet and short-story writer. She was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award winner in 1970, and the recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1976
Oct 8 Jayaprakash Narayan an Indian independence activist, social reformer and political leader, remembered especially for leading the mid-1970s opposition against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, for whose overthrow he called a "total revolution". His biography, Jayaprakash, was written by his nationalist friend and an eminent writer of Hindi literature, Ramavriksha Benipuri. In 1999, he was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in recognition of his social work. Other awards include the Magsaysay award for Public Service in 1965. The Patna airport is also named after him
Oct 15 Jacob L. Devers General Jacob "Jake" Loucks Devers , commander of the 6th Army Group in Europe during World War His units were the first United States units to reach the Rhine after D-Day.
Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger a French composer, conductor, and teacher who taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century. She also performed as a pianist and organist
Oct 26 Park Chung-hee a South Korean president and military general who led South Korea from 1961 until his assassination in 1979. Park seized power through a military coup d'état that overthrew the Korean Second Republic in 1961 and ruled as a military strongman at the head of the Supreme Council for National Reconstruction until his election and inauguration as the President of the Korean Third Republic in 1963. In 1972, Park declared martial law and recast the constitution into a highly authoritarian document, ushering in the Korean Fourth Republic. After surviving several assassination attempts, including two operations associated with North Korea, Park was eventually assassinated on 26 October 1979 by Kim Jae-gyu, the chief of his own security services. He had led South Korea for 18 years
Oct 27 Charles Coughlin a controversial Roman Catholic priest based near Detroit at Royal Oak, Michigan's National Shrine of the Little Flower church. He was one of the first political leaders to use radio to reach a mass audience, as up to thirty million listeners tuned to his weekly broadcasts during the 1930s. He was forced off the air in 1939
Oct 30 Barnes Wallis an English scientist, engineer and inventor. He is best known for inventing the bouncing bomb used by the Royal Air Force in Operation Chastise to attack the dams of the Ruhr Valley during World War The raid was the subject of the 1955 film The Dam Busters, in which Wallis was played by Michael Redgrave. Among his other inventions were the geodetic airframe and the earthquake bomb