Historical Events in 1978 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 725 of 725

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Oct 25 "Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

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Oct 26 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

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
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.

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Oct 27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 28 Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)

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Oct 28 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • Oct 30 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1
  • Oct 30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • Oct 31 Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • Oct 31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) adopts constitution
  • Nov 1 NY Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 2 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Nov 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 2 Arnold Shapiro's TV documentary "Scared Straight", narrated by Peter Falk as a controversial and questionable deterrent to juvenile delinquency, debuts on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV
  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 3 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty
  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

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Nov 5 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini

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Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule; General Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • Nov 7 CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past
  • Nov 7 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first black mayor

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Nov 8 Tom Stoppard's "Night & Day" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • Nov 9 NASL realligns its 24 teams into 6 divisions
  • Nov 10 Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 10 Yanks trade Lyle, Rajsich, McCall, Heath & Ramos to Texas for Righetti, Mirabella, Beniquez, Jemison & Griffin
  • Nov 11 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • Nov 12 "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • Nov 12 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Nov 13 NASA launches HEAO 2
  • Nov 15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Nov 15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London
  • Nov 15 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • Nov 18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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Nov 18 In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 19 Gavaskar gets twin cricket tons for India for 2nd time
  • Nov 19 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
  • Nov 19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • Nov 21 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • Nov 26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"
  • Nov 26 66th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • Nov 26 Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status
  • Nov 28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

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Nov 28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Nov 29 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 1 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size
  • Dec 1 Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 2 Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 2 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 3 Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 4 Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female & Jewish mayor
  • Dec 4 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed
  • Dec 4 Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
  • Dec 5 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player
  • Dec 5 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 5 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Dec 6 Spain adopts constitution

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Dec 7 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Dec 8 Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park

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Dec 8 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1979)

  • Dec 9 Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus
  • Dec 9 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • Dec 10 "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Dec 10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • Dec 10 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo
  • Dec 10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians

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Dec 10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 11 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry
  • Dec 11 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • Dec 13 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken
  • Dec 14 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • Dec 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 15 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
  • Dec 15 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore

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Dec 16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Dec 16 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • Dec 17 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • Dec 17 The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.
  • Dec 17 OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • Dec 18 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Dec 18 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 19 France performs nuclear test

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Dec 19 Indira Gandhi ambushed in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Dec 20 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff released from jail
  • Dec 21 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC

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Dec 21 Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy
  • Dec 22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
  • Dec 22 Thailand adopts constitution
  • Dec 23 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • Dec 25 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • Dec 26 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail
  • Dec 27 King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • Dec 27 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Persins
  • Dec 28 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
  • Dec 29 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • Dec 29 Spain constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG
  • Dec 30 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Dec 30 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • Dec 31 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • Dec 31 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • Dec 31 CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • Dec 31 Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • Dec 31 Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
  • Dec 31 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly, CA.'s Cow Palace