On This Day

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 Daly City, CA.'s Cow Palace

Famous Birthdays

  • Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

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

1978 Highlights

About December 31, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 8 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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