What Happened in August 1978

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Atlanta Braves trounce Cincinnati Reds, 16-4 and halt Pete Rose's NL record hitting streak at 44 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 5 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • Aug 5 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium
  • Aug 6 PGA Championship, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 11 "C'est Chic" 2nd studio album by Chic is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 13 Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Dhani Harrison, British musician (brainwashed), born in Windsor, Berkshire
  • Aug 1 Edgerrin James, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Immokalee, Florida
  • Aug 1 Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Aug 2 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • Aug 2 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • Aug 3 Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer, born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
  • Aug 4 Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • Aug 5 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • Aug 5 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
  • Aug 6 Marisa Miller, American model
  • Aug 7 Alexandre Aja, French director, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 7 Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Aug 7 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 7 Cirroc Lofton, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 8 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • Aug 8 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • Aug 8 Miho Shiraishi, Japanese actress
  • Aug 8 Countess Vaughn, American actress and singer
  • Aug 10 Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • Aug 10 Chris Read, British cricketer and captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, born in Paignton, England
  • Aug 11 Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • Aug 11 Amber Brkich, American reality television personality
  • Aug 12 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 12 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean footballer
  • Aug 14 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 14 Kate Ritchie, Australian actress
  • Aug 15 Tim Foreman, American bassist (Switchfoot)
  • Aug 15 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • Aug 15 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • Aug 16 Eddie Gill, American basketball player, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 17 Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
  • Aug 18 Andy Samberg, American comedian and actor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), born in Berkeley, California
  • Aug 19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 21 Reuben Droughns, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Jason Marquis, American baseball pitcher, born in Manhasset, NY
  • Aug 21 Alan Lee, Irish footballer, born in Galway, Ireland
  • Aug 21 Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 21 Peter Buxton, English rugby union player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Aug 22 Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal
  • Aug 22 James Corden, British actor, comedian and television host (The Late Late Show with James Corden), born in Hillingdon, London

Person of interestKobe Bryant

Aug 23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (5-time NBA champion, LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Aug 23 Julian Casablancas, American musician
  • Aug 24 Melissa McElroy, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 24 Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player, born in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 25 Kel Mitchell, American actor
  • Aug 26 Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer
  • Aug 28 Jess Margera, American drummer (CKY)
  • Aug 28 Shaniqua, American wrestling valet
  • Aug 29 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
  • Aug 30 Swizz Beatz, American rapper/producer
  • Aug 30 Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • Aug 31 Philippe Christanval, French footballer
  • Aug 31 Phina Oruche, British actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 2 Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Charo marries Kjell Rasten, a producer, in South Lake Tahoe, California

Actress Charo
Actress
Charo

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 23 Actress Kate Jackson (29) weds actor Andrew Stevens (23) in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 2 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, dies at 48
  • Aug 3 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 9 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 16 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 21 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies at 61
  • Aug 22 Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Person of interestJomo Kenyatta

Aug 22 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, dies at 62
  • Aug 27 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Aug 28 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)