November 1978 in History

Events in History

  • 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 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty
  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule; General Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • 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
  • 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 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 18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

MurderMurder of Interest

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 26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • Nov 26 Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 2 Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Brazilian mixed-martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion
  • Nov 9 Steven Lopez, American taekwondo martial artist
  • Nov 28 Ryan Leslie, American producer
  • Nov 30 Emil Steiner, American writer

Weddings in History

  • Nov 17 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna

Deaths in History

  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, artist (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 15 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead

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Nov 18 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • Nov 20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • Nov 25 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • Nov 27 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

MurderAssassination

Nov 27 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Nov 28 Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentine football executive (b. 1902)