Historical Events in January 1978

  • 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 Bülent 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Mário Soares forms Portuguese government

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 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