What Happened in 1978

Significant 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
  • Sep 17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule; General Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • Nov 18 In Jonestown, Guyana 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones
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1978 in Film & TV

1978 in Music

  • Jan 21 Bee Gees' album "Saturday Night Fever" goes #1 for 24 weeks
  • Jun 13 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical
  • Jun 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London
  • Jul 28 600,000 attend the "Summer Jam" rock festival at Watkins Glen, New York, at the time the largest ever audience at a pop festival
  • Aug 11 "C'est Chic" 2nd studio album by Chic is released featuring single "Le Freak" (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)

1978 in Sport

  • Jul 15 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus completes 3rd career grand slam; wins by 2 strokes from Ben Crenshaw & Ray Floyd
  • Oct 22 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in her first appearance in world record time 2:32:30
  • 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

Famous People 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 SinĂ©ad Cusack (30)
  • Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth
  • May 5 "Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (28) weds Lorrie Maheffey

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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