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 B├╝lent 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
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
  • Jan 26 Mario Soares forms Portuguese government
  • 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
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