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1977 1978 1979





  • January 8: Israeli government decides to "strengthen" settlements in occupied Sinai.
  • January 10: Diane Feinstein is elected president of the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Harvey Milk and Dan White take their seats on that body for the first time.


  • February 1: Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France.
  • February 11: China ends censorship of Aristotle, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
  • February 12: Darwin Day
  • February 15: Majority rule in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe: Rhodesian white minority Prime Minister Ian Smith begins negotiations for the transfer to black majority rule.


  • March: Israel launches Litani Operation in southern Lebanon.
  • March 4: 40,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators from all over the planet march at Almelo, the Netherlands.


  • April 18: U.S. Senate votes 68 to 32 to turn over control of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian governemnt 14 years in the future: Dec. 31, 1999.
  • April 18: Chilean military regime adopts Decree Law 2191 or self amnesty for criminal offenses committed during the State of Seige between September 11, 1973 and March 10, 1978.
  • April 27: Afghan leader Sardar Muhammmad Daoud is overthrown and killed in a coup d'etat carried out by pro-communist military officers who had survived his earlier anti-communist purge.



  • July 9: 100,000 demonstrators march in Washington, DC to support the ERA.



  • October 17: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring U.S. citizenship to traitor Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis.


  • November 27: San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in America, and Mayor George Moscone are assassinated.


  • December 25: Communist Vietnamese troops intervene in Cambodia to end the murderous regime of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge.
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