What Happened in May 1978

Historical Events

  • 1st 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • 1st MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • 1st Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • 2nd NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • 2nd 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 3rd "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • 3rd Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • 3rd WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
  • 3rd First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • 4th Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

5th Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 6th 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • 6th South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 8th ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • 8th Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 9th "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

9th Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 9th Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 10th "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 10th 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • 11th Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • 12th US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • 13th "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 13th Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • 13th Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • 13th Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • 14th "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 14th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 14th First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  • 17th Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • 18th Italy legalizes abortion
  • 18th Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • 20th 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
  • 20th 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • 20th US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • 21st 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • 21st Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • 21st Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • 23rd AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 23rd General strike in Peru
  • 24th Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • 25th Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 26th 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • 28th Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
  • 28th Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
  • 29th US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • 29th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • 29th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 30th 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Sachie Hara, Japanese actress
  • 2nd Steve Bays, Canadian musician
  • 3rd Paul Banks, American vocalist (Interpol)
  • 3rd Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 3rd Lawrence Tynes, American football player
  • 4th Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist
  • 4th Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows
  • 5th Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
  • 5th Morgan Pehme, American filmmaker and writer
  • 5th Santiago Cabrera, Chilean actor
  • 6th Fredrick Federley, Swedish politician
  • 6th John Abraham, American football player
  • 6th Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • 7th Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • 7th Brian Clevinger, American author
  • 7th Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 8th Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 8th Sandra Kleinova, Prague Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN)
  • 8th Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 8th Jang Woo Hyuk, Korean singer
  • 8th Matthew Davis, American actor
  • 8th Josie Maran, American model
  • 9th Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • 9th Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • 10th Kenan Thompson, American actor
  • 11th Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band Apocalyptica
  • 11th Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • 12th Amy Wheaton, actress (Curse)
  • 12th Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • 12th Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • 12th Jason Biggs, American actor
  • 12th Wilfred Le Bouthillier, Acadian singer
  • 12th Josh Phelps, American baseball player
  • 12th Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer (formerly Morning Musume)
  • 13th Mike Bibby, American basketball player
  • 13th Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • 13th Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • 13th Steve Mildenhall, English football player
  • 13th Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 14th Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics-96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 14th André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • 14th Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • 14th Eddie House, American basketball player
  • 14th Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • 15th Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

15th David Krumholtz, actor (Billy Kulchak-Chicago Sons), born in NYC, New York

  • 15th Krissy Taylor, American model, born in Miami, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 15th Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 15th Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 15th Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • 16th Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 16th Lionel Scaloni, Argentine footballer
  • 16th David Ford, English singer/songwriter
  • 17th John Foster, American baseball player
  • 17th Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • 17th Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • 18th Jennifer Streblow, Oshkosh Wisconsin, Miss America-Wisconsin (1997)
  • 18th Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • 18th Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • 19th Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • 21st Kandy Marshall, Miss Virginia Teen USA (1996)
  • 21st Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • 22nd Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 22nd Katie Price, British model
  • 23rd Scott Raynor, American drummer (formerly of blink-182)
  • 23rd Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 23rd Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • 24th Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 24th Brian Ching, American footballer
  • 24th Bryan Greenberg, American actor
  • 24th Brad Penny, American baseball player
  • 24th Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player
  • 25th Adam Gontier, Canadian singer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • 25th Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 26th Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 27th Adin Brown, American soccer player
  • 29th Pelle Almqvist, Swedish musician (The Hives)
  • 29th Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player
  • 29th Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
  • 30th Krassmira Todorava, Miss Bulgaria Universe (1997)
  • 30th Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist

Famous Weddings

  • 5th "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey
  • 8th Singer Donny Osmond (20) weds Debra Glenn (19) at Salt Lake Temple in Utah

HeartWedding of Interest

28th NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1st Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 3rd Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • 5th Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 6th Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 6th Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61


9th Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 11th John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • 13th Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

15th Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 16th William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • 17th John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • 19th George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • 21st Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
  • 22nd Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • 26th Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • 28th Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • 31st József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)