On This Day

What Happened on August 26, 1978

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6

Famous Birthdays

  • Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Boyer, French actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American composer, pianist and lecturer (Tre Ritratti Characteristici), dies at 86
  • José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, dies at 62