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  Timeline: 1979  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 17, 1979 Milan-San Remo Roger de Vlaeminck (Bel) 288 km
April 1, 1979 Tour of Flanders Jan Raas (Ned) 267 km
April 8, 1979 Paris-Roubaix Francesco Moser (Ita) 259 km
April 22, 1979 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Dietrich Thurau (Ger) 241 km
April 24-May 13, 1979 Vuelta a Espana Joop Zoetemelk (Ned) 19 Stages, 3,374 km
May 17-June 6, 1979 Giro d'Italia Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) 19 Stages, 3,301 km
June 27-July 22, 1979 Tour de France Bernard Hinault (Fra) 24 Stages, 3,718 km
August 26, 1979 World Championships Jan Raas (Ned) Valkenburg, Holland 274.8 km

October 13, 1979

Giro di Lombardia Bernard Hinault (Fra) Milan-Como, 249 km

•  January 1, 1979 - United States and China begin diplomatic relations.

•  Iran - the Shah of Iran leaves the country in January and relocates in Egypt. February 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years in exile. February 11, 1979, the he seized control of Iran.

•  Three Mile Island - the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania suffered a radioactive accident when a feed water pump failed. In order to prevent the core from totally melting down, the plant released pressure and ultimately radiation. A partial meltdown of the core did occur.

•  USA - the Susan B. Anthony one-dollar coin is issued.

Notable Deaths -
* Giro d'Italia Champion: Vasco Bergamaschi (Ita), 1909-1979, he was Giro Champion in 1935.

21-year-old English punk rock musician Sid Vicious, 1957-1979, a member of the Sex Pistols, died of a drug overdose.

Dr. Josef Mengele, 1911-1979, was a Nazi doctor during WW2, who performed medical experiments on prisoners at the Auschwitz prison camp. He died after a stroke while swimming in the ocean and drowned.



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