October 1978 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • Oct 5 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits environmental modification techniques
  • Oct 5 "The Boys from Brazil" debuts
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)

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Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini

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Oct 6 Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls"

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Oct 6 "Midnight Express" debuts
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Oct 8 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
  • Oct 10 US Congress approves Dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony
  • Oct 10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya
  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • Oct 11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • Oct 11 Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
  • Oct 12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington

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Oct 13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched
  • Oct 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • Oct 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • Oct 18 US 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • Oct 20 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • Oct 20 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Oct 20 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2
  • Oct 21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • Oct 22 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30
  • Oct 22 Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
  • Oct 22 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope
  • Oct 23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • Oct 24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • Oct 25 Israeli government approves "in principle", a draft compromise peace

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Oct 26 Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • Oct 27 Begin & Sadat win Nobel Peace prize
  • Oct 27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
  • Oct 28 Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)
  • Oct 30 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1
  • Oct 30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • Oct 31 Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • Oct 31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Andrew JC Jackson, Australian surf lifesaver
  • Oct 14 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (d. 2006)
  • Oct 20 Paul Wilson, Irish bass player (Snow Patrol)

Weddings in History

  • Oct 13 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Journalist Ben Bradlee (57) weds fellow journalist Sally Quinn (37)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee

Deaths in History

  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian chansonnier, buried on Atuama, dies at 49
  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)