What Happened in August 1978

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 5 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • Aug 6 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Aug 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 12 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 13 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 13 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
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 25 Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

Famous Deaths

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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