What Happened in August 1978

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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
  • 6th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • 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 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • 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 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, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, 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)