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9January1979
Colautti v. Franklin: Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Restriction

Colautti v. Franklin: Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Restriction

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1February1979
After 15 Year Exile Ayatollah Khomeini Returns to Iran

After 15 Year Exile Ayatollah Khomeini Returns to Iran

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7February1979
Death of Dr. Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death

Death of Dr. Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death

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11February1979
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Seizes Power in Iran

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18February1979
Snow Falls in the Sahara

Snow Falls in the Sahara

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4March1979
Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

Pope John Paul II Releases First Encyclical, Appeals to Universal Human Rights

22March1979
Peace Treaty With Egypt Approved by Israeli Parliament

Peace Treaty With Egypt Approved by Israeli Parliament

26March1979
Peace Treaty Ending Yom Kippur War Signed Between Egypt and Israel

Peace Treaty Ending Yom Kippur War Signed Between Egypt and Israel

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1April1979
Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

Iranians Vote in Referendum to put Ayatollah Khomeini in Charge

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28April1979
Addington v. Texas: Court Rules Civil Commitment to Mental Institution Needs Evidence

Addington v. Texas: Court Rules Civil Commitment to Mental Institution Needs Evidence

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0May1979
Jerry Falwell Recruited by Far-Right Activists to Head Moral Majority

Jerry Falwell Recruited by Far-Right Activists to Head Moral Majority

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9May1979
Iranian Firing Squad Executes Jewish Businessman Habib Elghanian

Iranian Firing Squad Executes Jewish Businessman Habib Elghanian

25May1979
British Court Decides to Extradite Scientologists for Stealing U.S. Government Documents

British Court Decides to Extradite Scientologists for Stealing U.S. Government Documents

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27May1979
John Joseph O'Connor Becomes Bishop

John Joseph O'Connor Becomes Bishop

2June1979
Pope John Paul II Makes First Official Visit to Communist Poland

Pope John Paul II Makes First Official Visit to Communist Poland

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2July1979
Bellotti v. Baird: Court Overturns Law Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

Bellotti v. Baird: Court Overturns Law Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

16July1979
Saddam Hussein Takes Over From Al-Bakr as President of Iraq

Saddam Hussein Takes Over From Al-Bakr as President of Iraq

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31July1979
Number of Church Weddings Down, Says Italian Clergy Magazine

Number of Church Weddings Down, Says Italian Clergy Magazine

1August1979
Linda Joy Holtzman Starts as Rabbi for Conservative Beth Israel Congregation

Linda Joy Holtzman Starts as Rabbi for Conservative Beth Israel Congregation

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14August1979
Judge Upholds Search Warrant for Raid on Church of Scientology

Judge Upholds Search Warrant for Raid on Church of Scientology

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16August1979
Julie C. Titchbourne Wins Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Julie C. Titchbourne Wins Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

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24August1979
Judge Rules Government Took Scientology Papers Illegally During Raid

Judge Rules Government Took Scientology Papers Illegally During Raid

11September1979
Florey v. Sioux Falls School: Atheist Files Suit Against School Holiday Programs

Florey v. Sioux Falls School: Atheist Files Suit Against School Holiday Programs

18September1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit to Stop Pope John Paul II Saying Mass at Washington Mall

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit to Stop Pope John Paul II Saying Mass at Washington Mall

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3October1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawsuit to Prevent Pope John Paul II Saying Mass in Capitol is Dismissed

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawsuit to Prevent Pope John Paul II Saying Mass in Capitol is Dismissed

3October1979
Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

Pope John Paul II Gives Speech Praising Individual Liberty and Freedom

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5October1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Lawyer Challenges Court Decision Upholding Permit for Pope John Paul II

6October1979
Pope John Paul II Becomes First Pope to Visit White House

Pope John Paul II Becomes First Pope to Visit White House

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14October1979
National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights Takes Place in Washington D.C.

National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights Takes Place in Washington D.C.

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17October1979
Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

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23October1979
Atheist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Assaulted by Allen R. Hunter

Atheist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair is Assaulted by Allen R. Hunter

26October1979
Nine Scientology Church Members Convicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Spy on Government

Nine Scientology Church Members Convicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Spy on Government

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1November1979
Documents Released by Judge Reveal Scientology Church's Intention to Infiltrate AMA

Documents Released by Judge Reveal Scientology Church's Intention to Infiltrate AMA

4November1979
U.S. Embassy in Tehran is Taken Over by Iranian Militants

U.S. Embassy in Tehran is Taken Over by Iranian Militants

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20November1979
Grand Mosque in Mecca is Invaded by Islamic Extremists

Grand Mosque in Mecca is Invaded by Islamic Extremists

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23November1979
Two Florida Legislators Submit New Bill Requiring Public Schools Teach Scientific Creationism

Two Florida Legislators Submit New Bill Requiring Public Schools Teach Scientific Creationism

4December1979
Saudi Security Retake Mecca's Grand Mosque From Islamic Terrorists

Saudi Security Retake Mecca's Grand Mosque From Islamic Terrorists

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9December1979

Small Pox Virus is Eliminated

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18December1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Doesn't Have to Swear Oath to God to Testify at Trial of Her Attacker

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Doesn't Have to Swear Oath to God to Testify at Trial of Her Attacker

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19December1979
Theologian Hans Küng Stripped of License to Teach at Catholic Institutions by Vatican

Theologian Hans Küng Stripped of License to Teach at Catholic Institutions by Vatican

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20December1979
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Attacker, Allen Hunter, Found Guilty of Assault

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair's Attacker, Allen Hunter, Found Guilty of Assault

27December1979
Afghanistan Invaded by Soviet Union

Afghanistan Invaded by Soviet Union

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