On This Day

What Happened on December 8, 1978

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 World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne

Famous Birthdays

  • Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Ian Somerhalder, American actor (Lost, Vampire Diaries), born in Covington, Louisiana
  • John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • Kate Robinson, American figure skater and ice dancer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGolda Meir

Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "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

1978 Highlights

About December 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 3 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius