On This Day

What Happened in February 1978

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Film & TV History

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

Historic Event

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

  • Feb 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game, Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Ga: East beats West, 133-125; MVP: Randy Smith, SD Clippers, G
  • Feb 5 Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed in New England and New York over 3 days

Historic Event

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 Prime Minister 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

Sports History

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

  • Feb 11 EOKA disbands in Cyprus
  • Feb 12 "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • 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)

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)

Music Premiere

Feb 19 Cy Coleman, Betty Comden & Adolph Green's musical "On The Twentieth Century", starring John Cullum and Madeline Kahn, and Kevin Kline, and directed by Hal Prince, opens at the St. James Theatre, NYC; runs for 449 performances, wins 5 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards

  • Feb 19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison takes lead with 11 laps remaining; lowest starting position (33rd) for winner until 2007

Film and TV Awards

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

  • Feb 20 Bob Backland beats "Superstar" Billy Graham in NYC, to become WWF wrestling champion
  • Feb 20 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • 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 win
  • Feb 24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Sports History

Feb 25 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

  • Feb 26 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • 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 (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Feb 3 Eliza Schneider, American actress and singer
  • Feb 3 Amal Clooney, British-Lebanese human rights lawyer (Julian Assange), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Feb 4 Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
  • Feb 5 Shawn Reaves, American actor, born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Feb 5 Brian Russell, American football player, born in Scotland, United Kingdom

Ashton Kutcher

Feb 7 Ashton Kutcher, American model, actor (That 70s Show - "Kelso"; Punk'd; Two and a Half Men, 2011-15), and venture capitalist, 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, American 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, born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Liverpool, Australia
  • Feb 12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Feb 12 Silver Meikar, Estonian human rights activist and politician, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • Feb 13 Hamish Glencross, Scottish guitarist (My Dying Bride), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Feb 13 Mini Andén, Swedish model and actress, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Laurie Schwoy, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 14 Dean Gaffney, British actor, born in Hammersmith, London
  • Feb 14 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player, born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 14 Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player, born in Marijampolė, Lithuania
  • Feb 14 Dwele [Andwele Gardner], American soul singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Danai Gurira, American actress and playwright (The Walking Dead; Black Panther), born in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Feb 15 Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Tuan Le, Vietnamese-US poker player, born in Paris, France
  • 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, born in Long Praire, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • Feb 18 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer, born in Canberra, Australia
  • Feb 19 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • Feb 19 Immortal Technique [Felipe Coronel], American rapper, born in Lima, Peru
  • 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 (Javier) "Jay" Hernandez, American actor (Crazy/Beautiful; Magnum PI), born in Montebello, California
  • 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, born in Incheon, South Korea
  • Feb 21 Kim Ha Neul, South Korean actress, born in Danyang County, South Korea
  • Feb 21 Nicole Parker, American actress, born in Irvine, California
  • Feb 21 Kumail Nanjiani, Pakistani American comedian, actor and writer (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Feb 23 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Feb 23 Residente [René Pérez], Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13), born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
  • 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, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Feb 26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 26 John Tartaglia, Broadway performer & "Muppeteer", born in Maple Shade, New Jersey
  • Feb 27 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • Feb 28 Louise Woodward, English nanny who killed eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in 1997, born in Elton, Cheshire
  • Feb 28 Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter, born in Nantes, France
  • Feb 28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian alpine ski racer, born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 28 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 28 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player, born in Tandil, Argentina

Famous Weddings

Roger Miller

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

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($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 pasillo and ranchera singer, dies of peritonitis at 42
  • 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, American chemist and President of Harvard University, dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), dies at 73
  • 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, American 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 Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara, American actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies of a barbiturate overdose 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, American poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 27 Vadim Salmanov, Soviet Russian 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