Super Bowl XIII
1979 Bay Area Golden Moments
Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, celebrated its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1879 in San Francisco, the company is now headquartered in San Ramon and employs more than 60,000 people around the world.
- The inaugural Garlic Festival is held in Gilroy. Each year, more than 100,000 descend upon Gilroy the last weekend of July for three days of tastings and cook-offs.
- The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce creates the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, an organization that has recognized Bay Area pro football greats including Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Jim Plunkett and Steve Young among others.
1979 Bay Area in the News
Huey Lewis & The American Express (they later become Huey Lewis and the News) form in San Francisco and release their first single, “Exo-Disco.”
Escape from Alcatraz staring Clint Eastwood hits the big screen.
The Clash have their first-ever United States concert at the Berkeley Community Theatre.