What Happened on October 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player
  • Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player

Famous Deaths

  • Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76