Historical Events in 1978

Events 1 - 200 of 727

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Jan 9 Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • Jan 10 Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Jan 11 Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
  • Jan 11 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • Jan 13 NASA select its first American women astronauts
  • Jan 14 Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco
  • Jan 15 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • Jan 15 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 16 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • Feb 1 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • Feb 3 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 3 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 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 133-125 at Atlanta
  • Feb 5 Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed in New England and New York over 3 days
  • Feb 6 Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • Feb 6 Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" / 137cm)
  • Feb 7 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • Feb 8 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait
  • Feb 8 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • Feb 10 Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA
  • Feb 10 U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction
  • Feb 11 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15 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 15 Zaire revises constitution
  • Feb 16 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
  • Feb 17 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 18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 19 "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Feb 19 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
  • Feb 19 Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC
  • Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb
  • Apr 7 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 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 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 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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