Historical Events in December 1978

  • 1st Pres Carter more than doubles national park system size
  • 1st Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba
  • 1st US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 2nd Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran

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2nd Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
  • 2nd 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • 3rd "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances

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3rd Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 4th Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female & Jewish mayor
  • 4th Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed
  • 4th Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus

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5th Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 5th Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • 5th Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • 5th Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 6th Spain adopts constitution

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7th Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 8th Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park

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8th "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1979)

  • 9th Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus
  • 9th 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 10th "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 10th 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)

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10th In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 10th Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
  • 11th 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
  • 11th NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • 13th CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken
  • 14th "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • 14th China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 14th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 15th Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
  • 15th Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore

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16th Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 16th Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 17th Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • 17th The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
  • 17th OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • 18th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 18th USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 19th France performs nuclear test

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19th Indira Gandhi ambushed in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 20th H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff released from jail
  • 21st "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC

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21st Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • 22nd Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
  • 22nd Thailand adopts constitution
  • 23rd Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • 25th 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • 26th India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail
  • 27th King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • 27th Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • 27th CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins
  • 28th 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
  • 29th Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • 29th Spain constitution goes into effect
  • 29th Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG
  • 30th "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 30th Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • 31st "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • 31st "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 31st CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • 31st Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • 31st Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
  • 31st The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly, CA.'s Cow Palace