1978 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 433

  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 2 Velcro was 1st put on the market
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC

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Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • May 1 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola

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May 9 Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  • May 17 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten
  • Jun 1 The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed.
  • Jun 4 32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain't Misbehavin' win
  • Jun 4 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • Jun 6 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • Jun 8 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
  • Jun 8 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery
  • Jun 9 Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London
  • Jun 9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • Jun 10 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
  • Jun 10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  • Jun 11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop
  • Jun 11 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Jun 12 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life
  • Jun 12 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • Jun 13 Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • Jun 14 Down 9-7 in 10th with 2 outs, Yanks Paul Blair hits a 3 run HR
  • Jun 14 Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • Jun 15 Belgian government resigns
  • Jun 15 Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
  • Jun 15 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days
  • Jun 16 Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough"
  • Jun 17 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Jun 18 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election

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Jun 19 Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis
  • Jun 21 The British Army shoot dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • Jun 22 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
  • Jun 22 Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • Jun 26 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • Jun 26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • Jun 27 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • Jun 27 Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 27 US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
  • Jun 29 VP Walter F Mondale begins trip to Mid-East
  • Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs

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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

Birthdays in History

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Weddings in History

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Divorces in History

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Deaths in History

Deaths 101 - 109 of 109

  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 8 Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 27 Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82