What Happened on December 27, 1978

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink

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CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship

Famous Deaths

  • Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • Houari Boumédiènne, President of Algeria (1965-78), dies at 51