- November 16 – 25-year-old George Cooper is killed at the construction site of the Glenwood Manor townhouses in Springfield when the unshored 16-foot-deep trench he is helping to lay a sewer pipe in collapses, burying him under three feet of dirt. Despite frantic digging by rescue workers and other construction workers at the site, Cooper is dead by the time he is pulled out of the ground 75 minutes later.
- November 19 – Superintendent of Orange County, Florida, Schools L. Linton Deck, Jr. is named as the new superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools system.
- White, Ronald D. "Area Death Fuels Debate on Va. Construction Safety." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 2. Nov 17 1979. ProQuest. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.
- Dougherty, Kerry. "Florida Educator Named by Fairfax to Head Schools." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Nov 20 1979. ProQuest. Web. 26 Aug. 2014.
|Fairfax County by Year: 1979|
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