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DateEvent
January 01, 1979Cocoa Avenue Plaza, valued at $1.4 million, is presented to Derry Township by The Hershey Recreation Center.
January 01, 1979A Kiddie Carrousel with 16 galloping horses, 8 stationary horses, and 2 decorated chariots is added to Hersheypark. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in 1979.]
January 01, 1979The Pony Cart Ride, a kiddie ride, is added to Hersheypark. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in 1979.]
January 01, 1979Handprints of the stars in cement, similar to those at Hollywood's Graumans Chinese Theatre, are displayed in the Starlight Arcade in Carrousel Circle. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in 1979.]
January 01, 1979The Osmond family is the first performer to be honored with name and handprints in the Hersheypark Starlight Arcade. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in 1979.]
January 01, 1979The Music Box Theater is enclosed. It is the first enclosed theatre of the Park since the old Park Theatre. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in 1979.]
January 01, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation acquired for cash substantially all of the outstanding Common Stock of Friendly Ice Cream. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in January 1979.]
January 03, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation acquires Skinner Macaroni Company, Omaha, Nebraska.
January 15, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation acquires a 40 percent interest in Codipra and Petybon, joint venture companies with with S.A. Industrias Reunidas F. Matarazzo in Brazil to manufacture, sell, and distribute a variety of food and food related products.
February 01, 1979Hershey Chocolate begins packaging Hershey's syrup syrup in 24 oz. plastic bottles. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in February 1979.]
February 01, 1979Work begins on the newly renamed Hershey Gardens, featuring six theme gardens. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in February 1979.]
February 20, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation announces the purchase of Hummingbird - Hershey Ltd., a cocoa farm in Belize (formerly British Honduras).
March 02, 1979The mosaic from the Hershey Creamery is moved to Chocolate World.
March 23, 1979"Pennsylvania, U.S.A." opens at Hershey Theatre, produced by The M.S. Hershey Foundation. After a successful opening, it becomes a victim of the "Three Mile Island Incident".
March 28, 1979Accident at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant.
March 28, 1979Hersheypark Arena serves as an evacuation center by about 150 people during the Three Mile Island nuclear emergency. (Serves as an evacuation center until March 30, 1979)
April 09, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation acquires with Friendly Ice Cream Corporation, Wilbraham, Massachusetts. It is a wholly owned subsidiary trhough a merger
June 16, 1979Hershey Gardens opens six new themed gardens: Fountain Garden, English Formal Garden, Colonial Garden, Rock Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden.
June 20, 1979HERCO and Hershey Foods serve as joint hosts and sponsors for the Lady Keystone Open at the Hershey Country Club. The tournament runs June 20-22.
July 01, 1979Hershey Chocolate Company integrates the Y&S Candies line into its main marketing and sales operations. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in July 1979.]
July 19, 1979HERCO's staff and management is cited by the Pennsylvania Senate for providing relief to evacuees in Hersheypark Arena during the Three Mile Island crisis.
July 24, 1979The 31st and final Pennsylvania Dutch Days is held. A folk art and crafts festival, Dutch Days had been observed yearly since 1949.
August 01, 1979John M. Aichele named Executive Vice President of Milton Hershey School.
August 07, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation announces that it has entered into exclusive Agent-Importer, Trademark License and Technical Assistance agreements with Fujiya Confectionery, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
August 24, 1979The Board of Directors of HERCO, Inc. approves final plans for the relocation of Corporate Offices to Parkview Manor.
September 01, 1979HERCO Inc., Hershey Foods, and Milton Hershey School in conjunction with the Pennsylvania International Year of the Child Committee, hosts 5,500 Pennsylvania students for Expo '79. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in September 1979.]
September 01, 1979HERCO awards the construction contract for the New Hershey Meats and Commissary to be built on Airport Road. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in September 1979.]
September 08, 1979Hershey Theatre initiates its monthly Classic Film Series.
October 12, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation, and its subsidiary San Giorgio Macaroni Company, announce the closing of a pasta manufacturing plant in Auburn, New York.
November 01, 1979The Hershey Educational and Cultural Center moves its offices to the Hershey Theatre.
November 01, 1979Hershey Foods completes construction of the Hershey Foods Technical Center. It has 114,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. [Specific date is unknown.  Event occurred in November 1979.]
November 06, 1979Hershey Foods Corporation achieves $1 billion in annual sales for the first time.
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