What Happened in February 1978

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Harriet Tubman is 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • Feb 1 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • Feb 3 Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test, after India are all out for 445 chasing 493 to win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Feb 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 133-125 at Atlanta
  • Feb 5 Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed in New England and New York over 3 days
  • Feb 6 Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office
  • Feb 6 Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" / 137cm)
  • Feb 7 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • Feb 8 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait
  • Feb 8 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • Feb 10 Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA
  • Feb 10 U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction
  • Feb 11 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens

  • Feb 11 EOKA disbands in Cyprus
  • Feb 12 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • Feb 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 14 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • Feb 14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • Feb 15 England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 15 Zaire revises its constitution
  • Feb 16 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
  • Feb 17 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast
  • Feb 18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 19 "On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • Feb 19 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
  • Feb 19 Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC
  • Feb 19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
  • Feb 20 Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 20 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • Feb 20 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 22 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn
  • Feb 22 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Feb 23 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
  • Feb 24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 British cricketer Ian Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Feb 26 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 26 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 2 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • Feb 2 Eden Espinosa, American singer and stage actress
  • Feb 2 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • Feb 3 Adrian R'Mante, American actor
  • Feb 3 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • Feb 4 Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
  • Feb 5 Shawn Reaves, American actor
  • Feb 5 Brian Russell, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 7 Ashton Kutcher, American actor (That 70s Show), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Feb 7 Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 7 Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • Feb 7 David Aebischer, National Hockey League goaltender
  • Feb 7 Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Nigerian Nollywood actress, born in Lagos
  • Feb 8 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 9 Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • Feb 9 Daniel Mann, British television commentator
  • Feb 10 Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer
  • Feb 10 Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer
  • Feb 12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Feb 12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter
  • Feb 12 Silver Meikar, Estonian politician
  • Feb 13 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist My Dying Bride
  • Feb 13 Mini Anden, Swedish model and actress
  • Feb 14 Laurie Schwoy, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 14 Dean Gaffney, British actor
  • Feb 14 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player
  • Feb 14 Darius Songaila, basketball player
  • Feb 14 Dwele, American R&B/Soul singer
  • Feb 15 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
  • Feb 15 Tuan Le, American poker player
  • Feb 16 Caroline Hunt, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 16 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 John Tartaglia, Broadway actor and Muppeteer
  • Feb 16 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • Feb 17 Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim
  • Feb 18 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
  • Feb 19 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • Feb 19 Immortal Technique, American rapper
  • Feb 20 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 20 Lauren Ambrose, American actress
  • Feb 20 Jakki Degg, English glamour model/actress
  • Feb 20 Jay Hernandez, American actor
  • Feb 20 Julia Jentsch, German actress
  • Feb 20 Chelsea Peretti, American comedian and actress (Brooklyn Nine Nine), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 21 Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
  • Feb 21 Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress
  • Feb 21 Nicole Parker, American actress
  • Feb 23 Karolina Rantamaki, ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Feb 23 René Pérez, Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13)
  • Feb 24 Louise Woodward, ELton England, nanny who killed Matthew Eappen
  • Feb 24 Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
  • Feb 24 John Nolan, American musician (Straylight Run)
  • Feb 24 Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Brazilian mixed-martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 26 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • Feb 26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • Feb 26 John Tartaglia, Broadway performer and "Muppeteer"
  • Feb 27 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Cherhal, French Singer-songwriter
  • Feb 28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian Olympic skier
  • Feb 28 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
  • Feb 28 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 Country singer Roger Miller (42) weds Mary Arnold

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Bergen Evans, English professor ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • Feb 9 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 9 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 9 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • Feb 14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • Feb 15 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • Feb 16 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Maggie McNamara, actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
  • Feb 21 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • Feb 22 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Phyllis McGinley, US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 27 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • Feb 28 Philip Ahn, American actor (Kung Fu, Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies from pneumonia at 66