On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1978

Historical Events

  • OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe.

Famous Birthdays

  • Alex CintrĂ³n, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Chase Utley, American baseball player

Person of interestManny Pacquiao

Manny [Emmanuel Dapidran] Pacquiao, Filipino boxer (first ever eight-division world champion), born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
  • Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (26) weds dental hygienist Marilou York (23) on a civil ceremony


Famous Deaths

  • Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
1978 Highlights

About December 17, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius