What Happened in July 1978

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 1 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
  • Jul 3 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"
  • Jul 4 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • Jul 5 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 6 Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Muslim West Beirut
  • Jul 6 The Taunton sleeping car fire occurred in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 85th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (26 64 75)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 7 Solomon Islands declares independence from UK

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jul 8 Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
  • Jul 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • Jul 9 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 performances
  • Jul 9 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • Jul 9 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • Jul 9 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • Jul 10 Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees
  • Jul 10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC.
  • Jul 11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
  • Jul 11 Auto with liquid gas crashes & explodes in Spain, 160 killed
  • Jul 12 Sun Bank Building opens
  • Jul 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 13 Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR
  • Jul 13 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
  • Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
  • Jul 13 Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor Pres by chairman Henry Ford II
  • Jul 13 Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp
  • Jul 13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • Jul 14 Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • Jul 14 Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
  • Jul 14 Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

  • Jul 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 17 Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him
  • Jul 18 Egyptian & Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 19 Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win
  • Jul 21 Bolivian military coup under general Juan Pereda, president Hugo Banzer flees
  • Jul 21 US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
  • Jul 21 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
  • Jul 23 33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 23 Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
  • Jul 23 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • Jul 23 Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight
  • Jul 23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 23 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • Jul 24 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 24 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jul 24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 25 Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
  • Jul 25 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games
  • Jul 25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
  • Jul 25 The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs.
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital in England
  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Jul 26 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 27 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 Portuguese president Eanes fires premier Mário Soares

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jul 28 600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in NY
  • Jul 28 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
  • Jul 28 Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 29 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY
  • Jul 29 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m
  • Jul 29 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings
  • Jul 29 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 & Bob Lemon will become GM
  • Jul 30 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • Jul 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • Jul 31 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • Jul 31 NY Yanks now 7½ out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks
  • Jul 31 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Eisa Istok, Miss Illinois Teen USA (1996)
  • Jul 1 Jacqie Turner, west Covina California, figure skater, 1997 SW Pacific-2nd
  • Jul 1 Vicki Renee Hughes, Miss New Mexico Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 2 Jüri Ratas, Estonian politician
  • Jul 4 Tatyana Jecmenica, Novi Sad Yugo, tennis star (1995 Futures-Novi Sad)
  • Jul 4 Emile Mpenza, Belgian footballer
  • Jul 4 Vicky Kaya, Greek supermodel and actress
  • Jul 4 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak)
  • Jul 4 Becki Newton, American actress
  • Jul 5 Carmen Kempt, Miss Canada Universe (1997)
  • Jul 6 Rachel Rochelli, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 6 Tamera Mowry, twin actress (Sisters)
  • Jul 6 Tia Mowry, twin actress (Sisters)
  • Jul 6 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • Jul 9 Linda Park, Korean-born actress
  • Jul 9 Mark Medlock, German singer
  • Jul 10 Jesse Lacey, American musician (Brand New)
  • Jul 12 Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • Jul 12 Topher Grace, American actor
  • Jul 12 Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
  • Jul 13 Ryan Ludwick, American baseball player
  • Jul 15 Miguel Olivo, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 16 Stephanie Lee Hamilton, Williston ND, Miss America-ND (1997)
  • Jul 16 Taj Anwar, model and activist
  • Jul 17 Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jul 17 Mike Hettinga, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 17 Émilie Simon, French singer
  • Jul 17 Katharine Towne, American actress
  • Jul 18 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • Jul 18 Ben Sheets, American baseball player
  • Jul 18 Mélissa Theuriau, French newscaster
  • Jul 18 Verónica Romeo, Spanish singer
  • Jul 19 Nené, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 20 Charlie Korsmo, actor (Dick Tracy, What About Bob)
  • Jul 20 Denny Mendez, Miss Italy Universe (1997)
  • Jul 20 Jen Grubb, Elk Hart Indiana, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • Jul 20 Elliott Yamin, American Idol contestant
  • Jul 20 Pavel Datsyuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • Jul 20 Tamsyn Lewis, Australian athlete
  • Jul 20 Will Solomon, American basketball player
  • Jul 21 Kyoko Iwosoki, Japan, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-gold-92, 96)
  • Jul 21 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician
  • Jul 21 Justin Bartha, American actor
  • Jul 21 Gary Teale, Scottish football player
  • Jul 22 Heather Noelle Jones, Miss Oregon Teen USA (1996)
  • Jul 22 Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
  • Jul 22 A. J. Cook, Canadian actress
  • Jul 22 Martyn Lee, English radio presenter
  • Jul 22 Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, (d. 2012)
  • Jul 23 Stuart Elliott, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jul 23 Stefanie Sun, Singaporean singer
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, English, 1st person born through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), born in Oldham
  • Jul 25 Caroline Nicole Brigman, Miss South Carolina Teen USA (1997)
  • Jul 25 Louise Joy Brown, Oldham England, world's first test tube baby
  • Jul 25 Gerard Warren, American football player
  • Jul 28 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer/songwriter
  • Jul 30 James Branaman, American model and reality show contestant
  • Jul 31 Will Champion, English musician (Coldplay)
  • Jul 31 Zeta Makripoulia, Greek actress, model and TV presenter
  • Jul 31 Justin Wilson, English race car driver
  • Jul 31 Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 3 James Daly, actor (Medical Center), dies at 59
  • Jul 9 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 9 Aladar Zoltan, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 10 Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 17 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • Jul 27 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27 [John] Willem van Otterloo, conductor/composer (Symphonic), dies at 70
  • Jul 28 Jan Willem van Otterloo, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Jul 31 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70