1979 (MCMLXXIX) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter G), the 1979th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 979th year of the 2nd millennium, the 79th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1970s decade.
- Alan "Dutch" Schaefer and Jim Hopper undertake a mission in Malaysia that nearly claims both of their lives.
Real World Events
- Alien test screens in St. Louis and Dallas. 20th Century Fox is concerned at the film's severity and asks for cuts.
- The book The Book of Alien is published.
- Alien, the first film in the Alien franchise, is released in the United States (2 years to the day after Star Wars) with no premiere.
- The comic Alien: The Illustrated Story is released.
- Actress Stephanie Lemelin is born.
- Director Neill Blomkamp is born.
- Alien premieres in London.
- Actor Rainbow Sun Francks is born.
- Actress Noomi Rapace is born.
- Predator (novel) (mentioned only)