What Happened on December 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)

  • Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park

Famous Birthdays

  • Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Ian Somerhalder, American actor
  • John Oster, Welsh footballer
  • Kate Robinson, Peoria Ill, dance skater (& Kate Robinson)
  • Vernon Wells, American baseball player

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGolda Meir

Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir