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 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, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • Jan 18 Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
  • Jan 19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Mário Soares forms Portuguese government

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 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