Historical Events in 1978 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 727

  • Jul 30 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • Jul 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • Jul 31 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • Jul 31 NY Yanks now 7½ out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 31 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 1 Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 5 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • Aug 6 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Aug 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 12 11th Commonwealth Games close in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 13 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • Aug 13 Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 25 Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 1 Indians' Sammy Stewart tosses 7 consecutive strikeouts (vs Balt)
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV
  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • Sep 1 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064
  • Sep 2 Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
  • Sep 2 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Sep 3 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • Sep 3 Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
  • Sep 3 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 4 NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season)
  • Sep 4 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Sep 5 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter begin Egypt-Isreal peace conference at Camp David

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3
  • Sep 8 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Sep 9 3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0
  • Sep 9 Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • Sep 9 Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Irani army
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 98th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert beats Pam Shriver (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 10 Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")
  • Sep 10 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9
  • Sep 10 98th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (6-4, 6-2, 6-2) to become the 1st player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
  • Sep 13 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • Sep 13 NY Yanks win to gain sole possession of 1st place from 14 games back
  • Sep 14 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
  • Sep 14 Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • Sep 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • Sep 15 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 15 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Sep 15 Yanks beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yanks lead 2½ games
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 16 Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 17 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Sep 17 Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3
  • Sep 18 All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • Sep 20 "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 20 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • Sep 21 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes are destroyed
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 22 Israeli PM Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit
  • Sep 23 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Anwar Sadat home from Camp David peace summit
  • Sep 24 Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic
  • Sep 24 Dutch women hockey team wins world championship
  • Sep 24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • Sep 26 RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
  • Sep 26 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • Sep 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 28 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • Sep 28 Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
  • Sep 28 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Music releaseAlbum Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • Sep 30 Phillies clinch NL East title
  • Sep 30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 1 Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 2 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • Oct 5 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 5 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • Oct 5 "The Boys from Brazil" debuts
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)
  • Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 6 Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 6 "Midnight Express" debuts
  • Oct 7 LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Oct 8 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 29th Formula One WDC: Mario Andretti wins by 13 points

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 9 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton
  • Oct 9 John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • Oct 10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 US Congress approves dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • Oct 10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as President of Kenya
  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • Oct 10 Yanks & Dodgers play in World Series # 75
  • Oct 11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • Oct 11 Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
  • Oct 11 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th
  • Oct 12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 12 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched
  • Oct 13 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yanks win next 4
  • Oct 14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
  • Oct 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 14 NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Oct 15 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Herbert A Simon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Oct 17 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • Oct 17 NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
  • Oct 17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • Oct 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • Oct 18 US 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • Oct 18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • Oct 20 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • Oct 20 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Oct 20 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2
  • Oct 21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • Oct 22 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 22 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30
  • Oct 22 9th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:12:12
  • Oct 22 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs
  • Oct 22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • Oct 22 Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
  • Oct 22 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope
  • Oct 23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • Oct 23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • Oct 23 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC
  • Oct 24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • Oct 24 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders