In January

Sid Vicious, of the punk band the Sex Pistols, goes on trial for murder.

In February

Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back into Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.

In March

We were to close for comfort as Three Mile Island dominated the
local news as our area embraced and prayed that a nuclear meltdown
would not occur.

The movie The China Syndrome was a result of this event.
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In April

Iran's government becomes Islamic Republic by a 98%
overwhelming vote, >overthrowing the Shah officially.

In May

Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom as her reign lasted for many years.

In June

Over100 young adults about 17 - 18 were seen running and going crazy through
the streets of Fredericktown and surrounding areas. This was not a teenage rampage,
but 100 plus happy graduates from Beth - Center's Class of 1979.

In July

Saddam Hussein becomes President of his country.
And we all know what happened next.
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In August

Sadly 156 people are killed as two jetliners collide in mid air.

In September

ESPN makes its television debut as it continues to
grow stronger for sports of all types

In Ocotber

Mother Teresa wins the Noble Peace Prize.
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In November

The Iran hostage crisis begins. This crisis lasted 444 dyas. Iranian radicals
demand was that the United States send the former shah back to Iran so he could
stand trial. Then later in November Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini orders the
release of 13 female and black American hostages be released.

In December

In Cleveland, Ohio eleven fans are stampled to death pior to the start of the Who concert.

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