In 1979, athlete Sebastian Coe was named Sports Personality of the Year.
Lord Coe dominated middle-distance athletics this year, setting three new world records in the space of 41 days. He is still the only man in athletics history to hold three different world records at one time.
He went on to win three major gold medals before retiring from athletics in early 1990.
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is broadcast live from Belfast on Sunday, 20 December from 19:00 GMT on BBC One. Further coverage on BBC Sport's online platforms and Radio 5 live.