What Happened in 1978

Historical Events

  • Jan 23 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

1978 in Film & TV

1978 in Music

1978 in Sport

  • Jul 15 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd
  • Oct 22 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12
  • Dec 8 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne
  • Dec 9 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does

Did You Know?

American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term "glass ceiling" to describe invisible career barriers for women

On May 24, 1978

World Leaders in 1978

Would You Believe?

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

On May 3, 1978

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.
  • Feb 14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold
  • Mar 28 Actor Jeremy Irons (29) weds actress Sinéad Cusack (30)

Famous Divorces

  • Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage
  • May 1 Actress and model Bianca Jagger files for divorce from Rolling Stone rocker Mick Jagger after 7 years of marriage on the grounds of his adultery with model Jerry Hall
  • Jun 15 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage

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