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Major Events

The following major events took place in 1979:

Military Events

The following military events took place in 1979:

  • 10 February: Iranian Army mutinies and joins Khomeini's revolution.
  • 17 February: China invades Vietnam kicking off the Sino-Vietnamese War.
  • 31 March: British military leaves Malta after 179 years of presence.
  • 11 April: Tanzanian forces capture Kampala, Uganda, and Idi Amin flees.
  • 8 June: The Royal Wessex Yeomanry granted its Royal title.
  • 27 August: Lord Mountbatten murdered by IRA at Mullaghmore.
  • 27 August: IRA murder 18 British soliders at Warrenpoint.