December 1978 in History

Events in History

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Dec 1 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Dec 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 2 Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran
  • 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 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 6 Spain adopts constitution
  • Dec 9 Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus

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Dec 10 In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 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 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 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

MurderMurder of Interest

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 Thailand adopts constitution
  • 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 29 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • Dec 29 Spain constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 30 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 7 Chad Dukes, Radio Personality
  • Dec 10 Donna Williams, co-founder of Neopets
  • Dec 13 BJ Penn, American mixed martial artist

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

Deaths in History

  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 8 Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 27 Houari Boum├ędienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82