As the world’s population increased to around 4.4 billion people, the United States was steered by the firm hand of Jimmy Carter. The most popular names among newlyweds were Michael and Jennifer, according to the survey. Among the throngs of Mikes and Jens were a number of well-known faces, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Heath Ledger, Kate Hudson, Kevin Hart, and Pink, among others.
Along with the addition of those vocalists and actors, 1979 also saw the passing of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels, Cyrus Eaton, the Canadian-American steel tycoon Cyrus Eaton, and the American actor John Wayne, and the President of Afghanistan, Nur Mohammed Taraki. Because of the initial printing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams quickly ascended to number one on library ordering lists. Alien, The Warriors, and The Amityville Horror were among the many well-known and iconic films that were shown at the festival. Continue reading to learn how the year 1979 altered the course of history.
Many firsts occurred in 1979, including the death of a human by a robot, the first gay and lesbian civil rights march on Washington, the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom, the first recorded sighting of a comet hitting the sun, and the first discovery of an extraterrestrial volcano on the moon. Meanwhile, innovations such as fleece, rollerblades, and the Walkman came to reality thanks to the efforts of the world’s inventors. While diplomatic connections between the United States and China were being established, relations between the People’s Republic of China and Vietnam began to deteriorate with the outbreak of the Sino-Vietnam conflict.
The construction of a Department of Education has also received approval from the government in the United States of America. This year also witnessed the arrival of the 100-millionth visitor to the Happiest Place on Earth, which was celebrated earlier this year (Walt Disney World). If you remember all of the jogs you went on with your Walkman in hand, you should write a thank-you card to the year 1979 for making it possible.