- 9th January - First appearance of Maurice Westrop.
- 23rd January - Jessie Renfrew collapses and is rushed to hospital.
- 15th February - Martha More is arrested for assaulting a police officer.
- 6th March - Sam Pearson breaks Arthur Braithwaite's fingers by slamming them in a car door.
- 22nd March - Kitty Ferris crashes a tractor and hits her head on the steering wheel.
- 3rd April - Wendy Hotson is raped after the farmer's social night
- 12th April - A hitchhiker, fitting the description of Wendy Hotson's rapist, is hit by a motorcycle driven by Poor Ocker and Smarty Garret.
- 17th April - The hitchhiker dies from his injuries. Poor Ocker is told he has a vascular condition.
- 19th April - It is revealed the hitchhiker was recently released from prison for committing sexual crimes. It is also revealed that Smarty and Poor Ocker were behind the barn fire.
- 1st May - Joe Sugden catches Phil Thatcher on Emmerdale Farm land with guns. Joe goes to check his gun, but they struggle and Phil is shot in the leg.
- 31st May - Last appearance of Seth Armstrong until 1st April 1980.
- 26th June - Maurice Westrop's daughter Judy Westrop moves to the village.
- 5th July - Last appearance of Dolly Skilbeck until 1st April 1980 and Donald Hinton until 22nd April 1980.
- 15th July - Charlotte Cairns is born to Anthony and Rebecca Cairns.
- 8th November - Max King is born to Tom and Mary King
Real life eventsEdit
- 13th March - Louise Marwood (Chrissie White) born.
- 5th July - Emmerdale Farm takes the rest of the year off due to the 1979 ITV Strike.
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