- 9th January - First appearance of Maurice Westrop.
- 23rd January - Jessie Renfrew collapses and is rushed to hospital.
- 8th February - Tober More slashes the tyres on Neil Batt's van.
- 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 - Smarty Garret and Poor Ocker set Kimber Barn alight. Later, a hitchhiker, fitting the description of Wendy's rapist, is hit by a motorcycle driven by Ocker and Smarty.
- 17th April - The hitchhiker dies from his injuries. Ocker is told he has a vascular condition.
- 19th April - Smarty Garret and Poor Ocker are arrested for burning down Kimber Barn.
- 27th April - Poor Ocker receives a suspended sentence for his role in the burning down of Kimber Barn. However, Smarty Garret receives a prison sentence.
- 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 - Seth Armstrong leaves the village with his son Jimmy. (Last appearance of Seth Armstrong until 1980)
- 26th June - Maurice's daughter Judy Westrop moves to the village.
- 5th July - Dolly Skilbeck discovers she is pregnant. (Last appearance of Dolly Skilbeck until 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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