What Happened on December 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

  • Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park

Famous Birthdays

  • Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • John Oster, Welsh footballer
  • Kate Robinson, Peoria Ill, dance skater (& Kate Robinson)
  • Vernon Wells, American baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80