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  • Major Events of 1979


    Winners in Sports

    NBA: Seattle Supersonics vs. Washington Bullets Score: 4-1
    NCAA Football: Alabama Record: 12-0-0
    Heisman Trophy: Charles White, usc, RB points: 1,695
    Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers Series: 4-1
    Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Score: 35-31
    US Open Golf: Hale Irwin Score: 284 Course: Inverness Club Location: Denver, CO
    World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles Series: 4-3

    Music Top 10

    1."Too Much Heaven" ... Bee Gees
    2."Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" ... Rod Stewart
    3."I Will Survive" ... Gloria Gaynor
    4."Tragedy" ... Bee Gees
    5."What a Fool Believes" ... Doobie Brothers
    6."Knock on Wood" ... Ami Stewart
    7."Heart of Glass" ... Blondie
    8."Reunited" .. .Peaches and Herb
    9."Hot Stuff" ... Donna Summers
    10."Love You Inside Out" ... Bee Gees

    Most Popular Movies of 1979

    1. Superman
    2. Every Which Way But Loose
    3. Rocky II
    4. Alien
    5. The Amityville Horror
    6. Star Trek
    7. Moonraker
    8. The Muppet Movie
    9. California Suite
    10. The Deer Hunter

    Most Popular Books

    1. "The Matarese Circle" by Robert Ludlum
    2. "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron
    3. "Overload" by Arthur Hailey
    4. "Memories of Another Day" by Harold Robbins
    5. "Jailbird" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    1. Aunt Erma's Cope Book by Erma Bombeck
    2. The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet by Herman Tarnower
    3. How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard Ruff
    4. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
    5. The Pritiken Program for Diet and Exercise by Nathan Pritiken

    Most Popular Television Shows

    1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
    2. Three's Company (ABC)
    3. That's Incredible (ABC)
    4. Alice (CBS)
    5. M*A*S*H (CBS)
    6. Dallas (CBS)
    7. Flo (CBS)
    8. The Jeffersons (CBS)
    9. The Dukes of Hazzard (CBS)
    10. One Day at a Time (CBS)

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "Kramer vs. Kramer"
    Best Director: Robert Benton ... "Kramer vs. Kramer"
    Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman ... "Kramer vs. Kramer"
    Best Actress: Sally Field ... "Norma Rae"

    Grammy Awards

    Record of the Year: "What a Fool Believes" ... The Doobie Brothers
    Best Song: "What a Fool Believes" ... Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald
    Best Album: "52nd Street" ... Billy Joel
    Male Vocalist: Billy Joel ... "52nd Street"
    Female Vocalist: Dionne Warwick ... "I'll Never Love This Way Again"

    Nobel Prizes

    The prize was divided equally between: BROWN, HERBERT C., U.S.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, b. 1912 (in London, Great Britain); and WITTIG, GEORG, Federal Republic of Germany, University of Heidelberg, b. 1897, d. 1987: "for their development of the use of boron- and phosphorus-containing compounds, respectively, into important reagents in organic synthesis"

    ELYTIS ODYSSEUS (pen-name of ALEPOUDHELIS, ODYSSEUS), Greece, b. 1911, d. 1996; "for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness"

    MOTHER TERESA, India, b. 1910, d. 1997: Leader of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity.

    Physiology or Medicine
    The prize was awarded jointly to: CORMACK, ALLAN M., U.S.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA, b. 1924 (in Johannesburg, South Africa), d. 1998; and HOUNSFIELD, Sir GODFREY N., Great Britain, Central Research Laboratories, EMI, London, b. 1919: "for the development of computer assisted tomography"

    The prize was divided equally between: GLASHOW, SHELDON L., U.S.A., Lyman Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, b. 1932; SALAM, ABDUS, Pakistan, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, and Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, Great Britain, b. 1926, d. 1996; and WEINBERG, STEVEN, U.S.A., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, b. 1933: "for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including inter alia the prediction of the weak neutral current"

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Drama: Sam Shepard ... "Buried Child"
    Fiction: John Cheever ... "The Stories of John Cheever"
    History: Don E. Fehrenbacher ... "The Dred Scott Case: Its Significance in American Law and Poltics"
    International Reoprting: Richard Ben Cramer ... "Philadelphia Inquirer"
    National Reporting: James Risser ... "Des Moines Register"
    Public Service: "Point Reyes (CA) Light"

    Tony Awards

    Best Play: "The Elephant Man" ... Bernard Pomerance
    Best Musical: "Sweeny Todd"
    Best Actor: Tom Conti ... "Whose Life is It Anyway?"
    Best Actress: Constance Cummings ... "Wings" & Carole Shelley ... "The Elephant Man" Len Cariou ... "Sweeney Todd"
    Angela Lansbury ... "Sweeny Todd"