What Happened in October 1978

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 1 Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 2 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • Oct 5 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 5 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits environmental modification techniques
  • Oct 5 "The Boys from Brazil" debuts
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)

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Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini

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Oct 6 Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 6 Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 6 "Midnight Express" debuts
  • Oct 7 LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Oct 8 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

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Oct 8 29th Formula One WDC: Mario Andretti wins by 13 points

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 9 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton
  • Oct 9 John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • Oct 10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published
  • Oct 10 US Congress approves Dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony
  • Oct 10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya
  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • Oct 10 Yanks & Dodgers play in World Series # 75
  • Oct 11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • Oct 11 Belgium government of Tindemans resigns

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Oct 11 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 12 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious

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Oct 13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched
  • Oct 13 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yanks win next 4
  • Oct 14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
  • Oct 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 14 NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away

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Oct 14 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Oct 15 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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Oct 16 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev
  • Oct 17 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • Oct 17 NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
  • Oct 17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • Oct 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • Oct 18 US 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • Oct 18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • Oct 20 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • Oct 20 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Oct 20 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2
  • Oct 21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • Oct 22 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 22 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30
  • Oct 22 9th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:12:12
  • Oct 22 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs
  • Oct 22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • Oct 22 Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
  • Oct 22 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope
  • Oct 23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • Oct 23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • Oct 23 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC
  • Oct 24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • Oct 24 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders
  • Oct 25 Israeli government approves "in principle", a draft compromise peace
  • Oct 25 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 25 "Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

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Oct 26 Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • Oct 27 Begin & Sadat win Nobel Peace prize
  • Oct 27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
  • Oct 28 Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)

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Oct 28 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • Oct 30 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1
  • Oct 30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • Oct 31 Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • Oct 31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Andrew JC Jackson, Australian surf lifesaver
  • Oct 1 Leticia Cline, American model and TV Personality
  • Oct 2 Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • Oct 3 Gerald Asamoah, German footballer
  • Oct 3 Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian footballer
  • Oct 3 Jake Shears, singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • Oct 3 Shannyn Sossamon, American actress
  • Oct 4 Ko Soo, South Korean television and movie actor
  • Oct 4 Kyle Lohse, American baseball player
  • Oct 5 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Oct 5 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player
  • Oct 5 Morgan Webb, Canadian-born television presenter
  • Oct 5 James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • Oct 6 Ricky Hatton, English boxer
  • Oct 7 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq)
  • Oct 7 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer
  • Oct 8 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player
  • Oct 8 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player
  • Oct 9 Randy Spelling, actor (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • Oct 9 Juan Dixon, American basketball player
  • Oct 10 Autumn Waterbury, Miss Illinois Teen USA (2nd-1997)
  • Oct 10 Brandi Watkins, Miss Arkansas Teen USA (1997)
  • Oct 10 Jodi Lynn O'Keefe, Cliffwood Beach NJ, actress (Cassidy-Nash Bridges)
  • Oct 11 Kali, Angolan footballer
  • Oct 12 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist
  • Oct 13 Jermaine O'Neal, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Oct 14 Justin Brannan, American musician, writer
  • Oct 14 Ryan Church, American baseball player
  • Oct 14 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (d. 2006)
  • Oct 14 Steven Thompson, Scottish footballer

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Oct 14 Usher, American singer (My Way, Confessions) and actor, born in Dallas, Texas

Singer Usher
  • Oct 14 Javon Walker, American football player
  • Oct 15 Cheryl Crowe, Miss Delaware Teen USA (1997)
  • Oct 15 Devon Gummersall, Colo, actor (Relativity, Brian-My So Called Life)
  • Oct 15 Takeshi Morishima Japanese professional wrestler
  • Oct 16 Abel Talamantez, Texas, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Oct 16 Whitni Zimmerman, Miss New Mexico Teen USA (1996)
  • Oct 16 Ethan Luck, American musician (The O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K)
  • Oct 18 Wesley Jonathan, American actor
  • Oct 18 Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • Oct 19 Chris Sellers, rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 19 Enrique Bernoldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • Oct 19 Zakhar Dubenskiy, Russian footballer
  • Oct 19 Henri Sorvali, Finnish musician
  • Oct 19 James Roberts, British Ice Hockey Player
  • Oct 20 Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • Oct 20 Paul Wilson, Irish bass player (Snow Patrol)
  • Oct 20 Michael Johns, American Idol (season 7) finalist
  • Oct 21 Will Estes, American actor
  • Oct 21 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • Oct 22 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian footballer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 22 Owais Shah, English cricketer
  • Oct 22 Dion Glover, American basketball player
  • Oct 23 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • Oct 23 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • Oct 24 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer
  • Oct 24 Justin Lee Brannan, American musician
  • Oct 25 Riley Mants, Winnipeg Manitoba, 200m breaststroker (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 25 Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 26 CM Punk, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 26 Eva Kaili, Greek TV presenter and politician
  • Oct 26 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer
  • Oct 26 Mark Barry, English musician (BBMak)
  • Oct 27 Vanessa-Mae, Singapore musician
  • Oct 27 Sergei Samsonov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Oct 28 Marta Etura, Spanish actress
  • Oct 28 Justin Guarini, American singer
  • Oct 29 Travis Henry, American football player
  • Oct 30 Martin Dossett, American football player
  • Oct 30 Amanda Swafford, American model
  • Oct 31 Joselina Garcia, Miss Honduras Universe (1997)
  • Oct 31 Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
  • Oct 31 Zachary Knighton, American actor
  • Oct 31 Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 6 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow musician Benny Andersson (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 7 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard
  • Oct 13 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Journalist Ben Bradlee (57) weds fellow journalist Sally Quinn (37)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 8 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 8 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian chansonnier, buried on Atuama, dies at 49
  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 16 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Gig Young, American actor, kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)

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Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • Oct 26 George Grant, cricketer (WI Test captain through early 1930's), dies