What Happened on August 26, 1978

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

  • Amanda Schull, American actress (12 Monkeys), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Cedric Burnside, American Blues musician and singer-songwriter (I Be Trying), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Raja Kashif, Pakistani singer and songwriter, born in Isleworth, Hounslow, England
Born in 1978

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

About August 26, 1978

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 9 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Grease - Frankie Valli
  • UK #1 Song: Three Times A Lady - Commodores