On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1978

Historical Events

  • OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petroleum 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

Manny 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), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • Riteish Deshmukh, Indian actor

Famous Weddings

Mark Hamill

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

Famous Deaths

  • Don Ellis, American jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, dies of a heart attack at 44
1978 Highlights

About December 17, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 6 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Le Freak - Chic
  • UK #1 Song: Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord - Boney M