What Happened in August 1978

Historical Events


Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1st Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1st Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • 3rd 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • 5th New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • 6th 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

6th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 7th Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • 7th Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
  • 8th Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • 9th USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • 9th Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • 10th USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • 11th Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • 11th Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • 12th Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • 12th China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • 12th ICE is launched
  • 12th 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
  • 13th Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • 13th Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • 13th Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
  • 14th French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • 15th US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • 17th 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • 18th Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • 19th 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • 20th Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • 20th Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • 20th Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • 20th Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • 21st 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • 22nd Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 23rd Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 24th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 25th Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • 26th Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • 26th Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • 27th Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • 27th Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
  • 27th Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 27th Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • 28th Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • 28th Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 29th USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • 31st Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • 31st Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • 31st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Zac Brown, Dahlonega, Georgia, American musician (Zac Brown Band)
  • 1st Dhani Harrison, Windsor Berkshire, English musician
  • 1st Edgerrin James, Immokalee Florida, American football player (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1st Andy Blignaut, Salisbury, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 2nd Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • 2nd Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • 3rd Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer
  • 4th Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • 5th Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 5th Lorrie Fair, Los Altos CA, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • 5th Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • 5th Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
  • 6th Marisa Miller, American model
  • 7th Alexandre Aja, French director
  • 7th Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed)
  • 7th Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
  • 7th Cirroc Lofton, American actor
  • 8th Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • 8th Louis Saha, French footballer
  • 8th Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
  • 8th Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • 9th Audrey Tautou, French actress
  • 10th Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • 10th Chris Read, English cricketer
  • 11th Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • 11th Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
  • 12th Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 12th Chris Chambers, American football player
  • 13th Kristiina Heinmets, Miss Estonia Universe (1997)
  • 13th Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean footballer
  • 14th Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
  • 14th Kate Ritchie, Australian actress
  • 15th Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
  • 15th Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 15th Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • 15th Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • 16th Eddie Gill, American basketball player
  • 16th Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
  • 17th Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • 18th Andy Samberg, American comedian
  • 19th Chris Capuano, American baseball player
  • 20th Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 21st Reuben Droughns, American football player
  • 21st Jason Marquis, American baseball player
  • 21st Alan Lee, Irish footballer
  • 21st Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player
  • 21st Peter Buxton, English rugby union player
  • 22nd Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

23rd Kobe Bryant, NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 23rd Julian Casablancas, American musician
  • 24th Melissa McElroy, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 24th Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player
  • 25th Kel Mitchell, American actor
  • 26th Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • 28th Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY)
  • 28th Shaniqua, American wrestling valet
  • 29th Larissa Meek, Miss Missouri Teen USA (1997)
  • 29th Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
  • 30th Swizz Beatz, American rapper/producer
  • 30th Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • 31st Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • 31st Phina Oruche, British actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

2nd Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

23rd Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • 2nd Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • 2nd Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • 3rd Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • 5th Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • 6th Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • 6th Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • 7th Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • 9th James G Cozzens, US writer (Guard of Honor, Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • 9th Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • 14th Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • 15th Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • 16th Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • 20th Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51
  • 20th Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • 21st Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • 21st Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • 22nd Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

22nd Jomo Kenyatta, 1st premier of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta
Kenyan Prime Minister and President
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 24th Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • 26th Charles Boyer, actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • 26th Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
  • 26th José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • 27th Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 28th Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • 31st John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)