Historical Events in 1978

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  • Jan 1st "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 1st Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • Jan 1st News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • Jan 1st Los Angeles Police chief Edward Davis retires from police force
  • Jan 1st AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders 20-17
  • Jan 1st NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • Jan 2nd Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • Jan 2nd 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • Jan 2nd 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • Jan 2nd 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6
  • Jan 3rd Chandrasekar takes 6-52 & 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
  • Jan 5th Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time
  • Jan 5th Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 6th 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
  • Jan 6th US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary
  • Jan 7th Angola revises its constitution in include a state security law
  • Jan 8th Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 8th Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Jan 9th Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • Jan 10th Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Jan 11th Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
  • Jan 11th Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • Jan 13th NASA select its first American women astronauts
  • Jan 14th Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco
  • Jan 15th Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • Jan 15th Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16th 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Jan 16th Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
  • Jan 18th Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pakistan at Karachi
  • Jan 18th Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)
  • Jan 18th Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
  • Jan 19th Eddie Mathews elected to Hall of Fame
  • Jan 19th Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI
  • Jan 19th The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
  • Jan 20th Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
  • Jan 21st Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
  • Jan 23rd Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • Jan 23rd NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • Jan 23rd Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • Jan 24th 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • Jan 24th Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • Jan 25th Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat
  • Jan 25th Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 26th Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
  • Jan 26th International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit
  • Jan 26th Mario Soares forms Portuguese government
  • Jan 26th Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
  • Jan 28th Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 28th Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28th 35th Golden Globes: The Turning Point, Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Jan 29th Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • Jan 29th Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
  • Jan 30th Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 30th Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
  • Jan 31st "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • Jan 31st Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1st Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • Feb 1st Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • Feb 3rd Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test, after India are all out for 445 chasing 493 to win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3rd Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Feb 5th Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5th 28th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 133-125 at Atlanta
  • Feb 6th Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • Feb 6th Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" / 137cm)
  • Feb 7th Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • Feb 8th Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait
  • Feb 8th Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • Feb 10th Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA
  • Feb 10th U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction
  • Feb 11th 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11th 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11th China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

  • Feb 11th EOKA disbands in Cyprus
  • Feb 12th "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • Feb 12th Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • Feb 12th US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 12th US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 13th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 14th 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • Feb 14th In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • Feb 15th England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15th Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15th Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 15th Zaire revises constitution
  • Feb 16th 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
  • Feb 17th 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast
  • Feb 18th 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 19th "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Feb 19th Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
  • Feb 19th Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19th 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 20th 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
  • Feb 20th Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 20th Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • Feb 20th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 22nd 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn
  • Feb 22nd 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 23rd 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
  • Feb 24th Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
  • Feb 25th Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ Christchurch
  • Feb 26th Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 27th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 1st "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1st Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
  • Mar 2nd Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 3rd 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4th Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • Mar 4th 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 5th "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • Mar 5th Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6th Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Mar 7th Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • Mar 7th Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 7th Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8th The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • Mar 9th Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 9th Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 9th Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR)
  • Mar 9th Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • Mar 10th Soyuz 28 returns to Earth

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 10th "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

Actor Bill Bixby
Bill Bixby
  • Mar 11th Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • Mar 11th USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
  • Mar 12th Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • Mar 12th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 13th Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • Mar 14th Marines terminate Molukse action in Province house (1 dead)
  • Mar 14th NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 15th -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • Mar 15th A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000
  • Mar 15th China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16th Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16th Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Mar 16th Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • Mar 16th US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • Mar 16th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17th Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • Mar 17th Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm
  • Mar 17th Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • Mar 18th 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, Calif
  • Mar 18th Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
  • Mar 19th 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
  • Mar 19th Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 20th Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21st Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 21st San Francisco passes its-and U.S.'-most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • Mar 22nd France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22nd Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, SF, dedicated

  • Mar 22nd The Ruttle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV
  • Mar 22nd Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Mar 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 24th Wings release "With a Little Luck"
  • Mar 27th 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • Mar 27th Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 performances
  • Mar 27th Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • Mar 28th Daryl Gates becomes the 49th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Mar 30th "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Mar 31st USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite
  • Mar 31st Wings release "London Town" album
  • Apr 1st Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 1st 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2nd 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2nd Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
  • Apr 2nd TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • Apr 2nd Velcro was 1st put on the market

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3rd 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

Actress Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
  • Apr 3rd European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3rd Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6th Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7th Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC
  • Apr 7th US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb
  • Apr 7th US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9th 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Apr 9th Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9th In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10th Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12th 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Apr 13th Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 13th NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 14th David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14th Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14th WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14th 1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • Apr 15th 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15th Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 16th "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 16th Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 16th St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 16th NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 17th 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17th 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 17th Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18th Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19th Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22nd Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 22nd 23rd Eurovision Song Contest: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta for Israel wins singing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in Paris
  • Apr 23rd Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • Apr 23rd Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23rd USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR