120 years: 1979
The X-Y-Z Network has competition as KJCT-TV 8 begins broadcasting in Grand Junction. The year 1979 marks the point The Daily Sentinel changes hands, as it is sold to the mega-media company, Cox Newspapers of Atlanta, Ga. James Cox Kennedy becomes publisher. Community leader and City Councilwoman Jane Quimby becomes the city’s first woman mayor, helping found the Western Colorado Community Foundation and the Riverfront Commission. US Bank completes and moves into the modern new building at Fourth and Main streets. The Folklorico Dancers are organized and begin spicing up the local Cinco De Mayo celebrations. Interstate 70 is finally completed with a dedication of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel. Smallpox becomes the first and only human disease to be eradicated. China introduces its One Child Policy. McDonald’s introduces the Happy Meal, and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” holds its world premiere at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
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