What Happened in 1978

Significant Events

  • Jan 23 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital in England
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule; General Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • Nov 18 In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones
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1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments

On February 14, 1978

World Leaders in 1978

Famous People in 1978

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Feb 14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold
  • Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress SinĂ©ad Cusack (30)
  • Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth
  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage
  • May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall
  • Jun 15 US Senator Edward W Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage
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