1979 Newspapers

Historic Newspapers has the largest collection of historic newspapers in the world, featuring over 4 million originals from the nation’s most renowned news outlets.

The 1970s in America was a time of social change, political confusion, and violent conflicts. This fascinating decade is chronicled with our collection of authentic 1979 newspapers, from sources such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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1979 Newspapers

1979 Newspaper Headlines

If you’re curious about this year in particular, then 1979 newspaper articles are a great way to gain a deeper insight into the events that took place, within the context that they were happening. Important 1979 headlines include the collapse of the horrific Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, the assassination of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA, and the eradication of the Smallpox virus. An authentic 1979 newspaper is a wonderful way to celebrate the highs and lows of this year in history.

January 1, 1979 
The United States and the People’s Republic of China establish full diplomatic relations.

February 18, 1979
The Sahara Desert experiences snow for thirty minutes.

February 26, 1979 
A total solar eclipse occurs in North America.

March 29, 1979 
America’s most serious nuclear power plant accident occurs at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania.

April 22, 1979
The Albert Einstein Memorial is unveiled at The National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.

May 25, 1979 
John Spenklelink is executed in Florida, in the first use of the electric chair in America after the death penalty was reintroduced in 1976.

May 25, 1979 
Etan Patz disappears in New York City at the age of 6, with the incident sparking the missing children’s movement.

June, 1979 
McDonald’s first introduces the Happy Meal.

June 2, 1979
Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.

June 11, 1979
John Wayne, American actor (b. 1907) dies from stomach cancer.

June 18, 1979 
President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT II agreement in Vienna.

July 8, 1979 
Los Angeles passes its gay and lesbian civil rights bill.

July 16, 1979
Iraqi President Hasan al-Bakr resigns and Vice President Saddam Hussein replaces him.

August 10, 1979 
Michael Jackson releases his first breakthrough album Off The Wall. The album sells 7 million copies in the United States alone, making it a 7x platinum album.

September 1, 1979
The U.S. ‘Pioneer 11’ becomes the first spacecraft to visit Saturn, when it passes the planet at a distance of 21,000 km.

September 23, 1979 
The largest anti-nuclear demonstration to date is held in New York City, when almost 200,000 people attend.

October 14, 1979 
A major gay rights march in the United States takes place in Washington D.C., involving many tens of thousands of people.

October 15, 1979 
The 6.4 Mw Imperial Valley earthquake affected Southern California and northern Baja California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), causing 91 injuries and $30 million in damage.

November 4, 1979
3,000 Iranian radicals, mostly students, invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take ninety hostages; 53 of whom are American. The radicals demand that the United States send the former Shah of Iran back to stand trial.

November 7, 1979 
Senator Ted Kennedy announces that he will challenge President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination.

November 14, 1979 
President Jimmy Carter issues Executive Order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks in response to the hostage crisis.

December 6, 1979
The world premiere for Star Trek: The Motion Picture is held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

December 9, 1979
The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified. Smallpox is therefore the first human disease to be driven to extinction.

December 24, 1979
The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.

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Rated 4.2 out of 5

based on 42 reviews

Charlotte Sciarrino January 25 2022

Horrible experience. Never received the product and my husbands 50th birthday came and went. Can’t get a hold of anyone. At this point I need a refund

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 27 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As we deal with over 3 million original newspapers in our Archive, dating back to the early 1900’s to present date, it is only when your newspaper is picked by a member of our Archive Team will we know the condition of that newspaper. We do try our best to repair the newspaper, however unfortunately on occasions this is just not possible and the paper becomes unfit for purpose and becomes unsellable.

    An email was sent to you advising of this information and unfortunately as we no longer had any available newspapers for your requested date, our only option was to cancel your order and process a full refund, which has been issued to you.

    Please do accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused.

    Kindest Regards
    The Historic Newspapers Team

Maria C. January 24 2022

Although the newspaper was a little expensive, it is exactly what I needed and in great condition. I am very happy with the product I received!

Suzanne Stillings January 24 2022

Excellent quality and prompt delivery.nVery happy with this product.

Erin Wood January 17 2022

Awesome gift idea!

Karen Pascale January 16 2022

WRONG EDITION RECEIVED! I ordered a particular day's newspaper, and they sent me a "FINAL - SPORTS EXTRA" edition instead of the main edition. I had no idea they had more than one edition of that day's newspaper. I sent them a picture of the edition I wanted. Still no luck. And they won't refund my money unless I pay for shipping both ways.

  • Historic Newspapers Team January 25 2022

    Thank you for your review.

    We are sorry to hear this.

    As a personalized gift company, the personalization for an original newspaper is the requested date not the headline. As there are multiple editions of newspapers printed throughout the day, unfortunately we do not confirm which edition we have received, as this could vary from each day. As you have requested the New York Post for a certain day, this is what you have received.

    We do not hold the information on file that is printed within the newspapers, therefore if a customer is looking for a specific article/headline, then our research facility can be used and our Researcher will go into the Archive Center, look and confirm what you are looking for before an order is placed.

    As your order has been processed as requested, if you no longer wish to keep the newspaper received, it would need to be returned at the customer’s cost. Historic Newspapers will only cover the return costs only if there is a fault on our behalf.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenienced caused.

    Kindest Regards
    The Historic Newspapers Team

Charles Michaux January 11 2022

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Robert January 10 2022

The quality of the paper I got was everything I could have asked for.

Lauren January 8 2022

In great condition- very cool gift!

Richard January 8 2022

Giddy with delight!

Lynn December 23 2021

Great condition, perfect gift for my 83 year old father. Shipping quickly, nice packaging.