On This Day

What Happened on April 1, 1978

Historical Events

Television Finale

"The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard 14/1 chance Lucius wins by half a length from Sebastian V

Sports History

New York Islanders right wing Mike Bossy becomes first NHL rookie to score 50 goals in a season after scoring #50 and #51 in the closing moments in a 3-2 win over Washington

  • Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonio de Nigris, Mexican soccer striker (16 caps; Monterrey, Villarreal), born in Monterrey, Mexico (d. 2009)
  • Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey right wing (World C'ship gold 2004; Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player (married to Roger Federer), born in Bojnice, Slovakia
1978 Highlights

About April 1, 1978

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 1 month and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Night Fever - Bee Gees
  • UK #1 Song: Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush