Historical Events in August 1978

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Aug 1 Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 5 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • Aug 6 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Aug 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 12 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 13 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 13 Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 25 Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site