Historical Events in August 1978

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

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