Historical Events in February 1978

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

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
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

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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 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

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

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

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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)

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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
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
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