July 1978 in History

Events in History

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Jul 1 Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 1 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"
  • Jul 4 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • Jul 5 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 6 Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Muslim West Beirut
  • Jul 6 The Taunton sleeping car fire occurred in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people.
  • Jul 7 Solomon Islands declares independence from UK
  • Jul 8 Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
  • Jul 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • Jul 9 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • Jul 9 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • Jul 10 Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees
  • Jul 11 Auto with liquid gas crashes & explodes in Spain, 160 killed
  • Jul 12 Sun Bank Building opens
  • Jul 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 13 Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR
  • Jul 13 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
  • Jul 13 Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor Pres by chairman Henry Ford II
  • Jul 13 Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp
  • Jul 13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • Jul 14 Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • Jul 14 Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
  • Jul 14 Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado
  • Jul 18 Egyptian & Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 19 Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win
  • Jul 21 Bolivian military coup under general Juan Pereda, president Hugo Banzer flees
  • Jul 21 US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
  • Jul 21 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
  • Jul 23 Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
  • Jul 23 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • Jul 24 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in NYC
  • Jul 24 Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson
  • Jul 25 Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
  • Jul 25 The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs.
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital in England
  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 27 Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks)
  • Jul 27 Portuguese president Eanes fires premier Soares
  • Jul 28 600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in NY
  • Jul 28 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
  • Jul 28 Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 29 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m
  • Jul 29 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Jüri Ratas, Estonian politician
  • Jul 17 Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jul 22 Martyn Lee, English radio presenter
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, English, 1st person born through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), born in Oldham
  • Jul 25 Louise Joy Brown, Oldham England, world's first test tube baby

Deaths in History

  • Jul 1 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 9 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)