Historical Events in 1978 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 726

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • Apr 30 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 1 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • May 1 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 2 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • May 2 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • May 3 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • May 8 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • May 8 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 9 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 10 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • May 10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • May 13 Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • May 14 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  • May 17 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 30 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 1 Cricket Test debut of David Gower, v Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
  • Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten
  • Jun 1 The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed.
  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • Jun 4 32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain't Misbehavin' win
  • Jun 4 6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 4 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • Jun 6 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
  • Jun 7 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • Jun 8 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1
  • Jun 8 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery
  • Jun 9 Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jun 9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8
  • Jun 10 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
  • Jun 10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John and based on the 1971 musical

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 11 24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jun 11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop
  • Jun 11 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 77th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas (6-1, 6-1, 6-3)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 77th Women's French Open: Virginia Ruzici beats Mima Jausovec (6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jun 12 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life
  • Jun 12 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • Jun 13 Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • Jun 14 Down 9-7 in 10th with 2 outs, Yanks Paul Blair hits a 3 run HR
  • Jun 14 Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • Jun 15 Belgian government resigns
  • Jun 15 Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
  • Jun 15 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days
  • Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Jun 16 Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough"
  • Jun 17 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Jun 18 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
  • Jun 18 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic
  • Jun 18 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election
  • Jun 19 "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London

  • Jun 21 The British Army shoot dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • Jun 22 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
  • Jun 22 Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats the Netherlands 3-1 in football's 11th World Cup in Buenos Aires
  • Jun 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • Jun 26 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • Jun 26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • Jun 27 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • Jun 27 Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 27 US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit
  • Jun 28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
  • Jun 29 VP Walter F Mondale begins trip to Mid-East
  • Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs
  • Jun 30 Larry Doby becomes manager of Chicago White Sox
  • Jul 1 "Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 1 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
  • Jul 3 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"
  • Jul 4 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • Jul 5 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 6 Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Muslim West Beirut
  • Jul 6 The Taunton sleeping car fire occurred in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people.

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 85th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (26 64 75)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 7 Solomon Islands declares independence from UK
  • Jul 8 92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)
  • Jul 8 Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
  • Jul 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • Jul 9 "Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 performances
  • Jul 9 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • Jul 9 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • Jul 9 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • Jul 10 Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees
  • Jul 10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC.
  • Jul 11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
  • Jul 11 Auto with liquid gas crashes & explodes in Spain, 160 killed
  • Jul 12 Sun Bank Building opens
  • Jul 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 13 Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR
  • Jul 13 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
  • Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
  • Jul 13 Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor Pres by chairman Henry Ford II
  • Jul 13 Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp
  • Jul 13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • Jul 14 Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • Jul 14 Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
  • Jul 14 Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

  • Jul 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 17 Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him
  • Jul 18 Egyptian & Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 19 Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win
  • Jul 21 Bolivian military coup under general Juan Pereda, president Hugo Banzer flees
  • Jul 21 US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
  • Jul 21 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
  • Jul 23 33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 23 Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
  • Jul 23 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • Jul 23 Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight
  • Jul 23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 23 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • Jul 24 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
  • Jul 24 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
  • Jul 24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 25 Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
  • Jul 25 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games
  • Jul 25 John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
  • Jul 25 The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs.
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital in England
  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Jul 26 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 27 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks)
  • Jul 27 Portuguese president Eanes fires premier Soares
  • Jul 28 600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in NY
  • Jul 28 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
  • Jul 28 Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 29 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY
  • Jul 29 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m
  • Jul 29 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings
  • Jul 29 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 & Bob Lemon will become GM
  • Jul 30 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • Jul 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic