What Happened on December 31, 1978

Historical Events

  • "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
  • The Runaways' band's last ever concert at the Cow Plalce in Daly City, California
  • Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California closes after 556 concerts; Final show is the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Blues Brothers; program lasts for over 8 hours, with the Grateful Dead playing for nearly 6 hours; concert broadcast on local PBS TV station KQED, and simulcast by radio station KSAN-FM, after the show, the crowd was treated to a hot, buffet-style breakfast.
1978 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tom Hamilton Jr., American songwriter, guitarist, producer, and singer (Brothers Past; American Babies; Billy & the Kids), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Born in 1978

Famous Weddings

Michael Crichton

Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

About December 31, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees
  • UK #1 Song: Y.M.C.A. - Village People