What Happened in December 1978

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Dec 1 Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 2 Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 2 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 3 Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 4 Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female & Jewish mayor
  • Dec 4 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed
  • Dec 4 Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Dec 5 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Dec 6 Spain adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Dec 8 Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 8 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1979)

  • Dec 9 Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus
  • Dec 9 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • Dec 10 "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Dec 10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Dec 10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
  • Dec 11 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
  • Dec 11 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • Dec 13 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken
  • Dec 14 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • Dec 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 15 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
  • Dec 15 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Dec 16 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • Dec 17 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • Dec 17 The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
  • Dec 17 OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • Dec 18 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 18 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 19 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 19 Indira Gandhi ambushed in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Dec 20 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff released from jail
  • Dec 21 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC

MurderMurder of Interest

Dec 21 Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Dec 22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
  • Dec 22 Thailand adopts constitution
  • Dec 23 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • Dec 25 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • Dec 26 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail
  • Dec 27 King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • Dec 27 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins
  • Dec 28 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
  • Dec 29 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • Dec 29 Spain constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG
  • Dec 30 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Dec 30 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • Dec 31 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • Dec 31 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Dec 31 CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • Dec 31 Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • Dec 31 Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
  • Dec 31 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly, CA.'s Cow Palace

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter
  • Dec 2 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Dec 2 Chris Wolstenholme, British bassist (Muse)
  • Dec 2 David Rivas, Spanish Footballer plays for Real Betis
  • Dec 2 Jason Collins, American NBA player (New Jersey Nets), 1st NBA to come out as gay, born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Jarron Collins, American basketball player for Utah Jazz
  • Dec 2 Peter Moylan, Australian Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
  • Dec 3 Trina, American rapper
  • Dec 3 Jiří Bicek, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Dec 4 Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer
  • Dec 4 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
  • Dec 5 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
  • Dec 5 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Dec 6 K. D. Aubert, American actress
  • Dec 6 Chris Basak, American baseball player
  • Dec 6 Darrell Jackson, American football player
  • Dec 7 Shiri Appleby, American actress
  • Dec 7 Frankie J, Mexican-born American singer
  • Dec 7 Chad Dukes, Radio Personality
  • Dec 8 Kate Robinson, Peoria Ill, dance skater (& Kate Robinson)
  • Dec 8 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Dec 8 John Oster, Welsh footballer
  • Dec 8 Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • Dec 8 Vernon Wells, American baseball player
  • Dec 9 Mandy James, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 9 Jesse Metcalfe, American actor
  • Dec 10 Brandon Novak, American skateboarder
  • Dec 10 Summer Phoenix, American actress
  • Dec 10 Donna Williams, co-founder of Neopets
  • Dec 12 Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs Md, figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ)
  • Dec 12 Evren Genis, Turkish composer
  • Dec 12 Monica Barladeanu, Romanian actress
  • Dec 12 Louis (artist), Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • Dec 12 Jennifer Rovero Playboy Playmate
  • Dec 13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 13 BJ Penn, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 14 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone)
  • Dec 14 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player
  • Dec 15 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • Dec 15 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • Dec 15 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • Dec 16 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • Dec 16 Kaine, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • Dec 17 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Dec 17 Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 17 Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer and the 1st eight-division world champion, born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • Dec 17 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
  • Dec 17 Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • Dec 18 Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)
  • Dec 18 Ali Curtis, American soccer player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Katie Holmes, American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins), born in Toledo, Ohio

Actress Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
  • Dec 19 Lauren Petty, Miss New Jersey Teen USA (1997)
  • Dec 19 Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • Dec 20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • Dec 20 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Dec 21 Amber Corwin, Harbor City Ca, figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th)
  • Dec 21 Michael Vitar, actor (D2, D3, Sunset Grill, Sandlot Kids), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 23 Andra Davis, American football player
  • Dec 23 Esthero, Canadian musician and singer
  • Dec 23 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model
  • Dec 23 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Dec 23 Estella Warren, Canadian model and actress
  • Dec 24 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer
  • Dec 25 Joel Porter, Australian footballer
  • Dec 25 Simon Jones, English cricketer
  • Dec 26 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
  • Dec 28 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer
  • Dec 28 John Legend, American musician
  • Dec 29 Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • Dec 29 LaToya London, American singer
  • Dec 30 Dikla Hamdy, Miss Israel Universe (1997)
  • Dec 30 Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
  • Dec 30 Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • Dec 31 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 8 Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 12 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 15 Chill Wills, actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange, Dutch actor/director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), dies at 27 in car crash
  • Dec 27 Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82