January 1978 in History

Events in History

  • 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 3 Chandrasekar takes 6-52 & 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
  • Jan 5 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time
  • 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 15 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • 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 21 Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
  • Jan 23 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • 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 Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • Jan 25 Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat
  • 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 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife
  • 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 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
  • Jan 31 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
  • Jan 5 Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer
  • Jan 8 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster
  • Jan 14 Just Blaze, American hip hop producer
  • Jan 31 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
  • Jan 31 Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter

Weddings in History

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • Jan 10 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn
  • Jan 14 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
  • Jan 24 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse