What Happened in January 1978

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 1 Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • Jan 1 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • Jan 1 Los Angeles Police chief Edward Davis retires from police force

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders 20-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 1 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • Jan 2 Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • Jan 2 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • Jan 2 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • Jan 2 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6
  • Jan 3 Chandrasekar takes 6-52 & 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
  • Jan 5 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia

Rocker Steve Jones
Steve Jones
  • Jan 6 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
  • Jan 6 US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary
  • Jan 7 Angola revises its constitution in include a state security law

  • Jan 8 Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 8 Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 8 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Novelist James Herriot
James Herriot
  • Jan 8 American Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Jan 9 Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • Jan 10 Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • Jan 11 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • Jan 13 NASA select its first American women astronauts
  • Jan 14 Sex Pistols' final concert held in Winterland, San Francisco
  • Jan 15 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • Jan 15 Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 16 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
  • Jan 16 Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
  • Jan 18 Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pakistan at Karachi
  • Jan 18 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • Jan 18 Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
  • Jan 19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 19 Judge William H. Webster appointed head of FBI

Historic CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

Jan 19 The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
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  • Jan 20 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 21 Bee Gees' album "Saturday Night Fever" goes #1 for 24 weeks

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 23 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • Jan 23 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • Jan 24 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • Jan 24 Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • Jan 25 Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat
  • Jan 25 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 26 Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
  • Jan 26 International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Mário Soares forms Portuguese government

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jan 26 Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
  • Jan 28 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 28 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 35th Golden Globes: "The Turning Point", Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • Jan 29 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • Jan 29 Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
  • Jan 30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • Jan 31 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • Jan 31 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
  • Jan 1 Nina Bott, German actress
  • Jan 1 Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 1 Tarik O'Regan, British composer
  • Jan 2 Devin Doherty, actor (Jimmy Clayton-Swan's Crossing)
  • Jan 2 Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese seiyuu (voice actress)
  • Jan 2 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • Jan 3 Kimberley Locke, American singer
  • Jan 3 Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • Jan 3 Dominic Wood, English children's television presenter and magician
  • Jan 3 Mike York, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 4 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
  • Jan 4 Mai Meneses, Spanish singer
  • Jan 5 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • Jan 5 January Jones, American actress
  • Jan 5 Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer
  • Jan 6 Steve Hartsell, pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 6 Nikki Einfeld, Canadian opera singer
  • Jan 6 Casey Fossum, Major League Baseball player
  • Jan 6 Tara Spencer-Nairn, Canadian actress
  • Jan 7 Kevin Mench, American baseball player
  • Jan 8 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster
  • Jan 9 Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer
  • Jan 9 Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 9 Chad Johnson, American football player
  • Jan 9 AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • Jan 9 Maggie Rizer, American model and AIDS activist
  • Jan 10 Brent Smith, American singer (Shinedown)
  • Jan 11 Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 11 Emile Heskey, English footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 11 Holly Brisley, Australian actress, born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jan 12 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • Jan 12 Amerie, American singer and songwriter
  • Jan 12 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher
  • Jan 12 Jeremy Camp, American musician
  • Jan 12 Kim Sa Rang, Korean actress
  • Jan 12 Kris Roe, American musician (The Ataris)
  • Jan 14 Just Blaze, American hip hop producer
  • Jan 14 Shawn Crawford, American sprinter
  • Jan 15 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 15 Eddie Cahill, American actor
  • Jan 16 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 18 Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway
  • Jan 18 Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • Jan 20 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
  • Jan 20 Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
  • Jan 20 Joy Giovanni, American actress and glamour model
  • Jan 21 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • Jan 21 Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin, American Singer
  • Jan 21 Phil Stacey, American Idol finalist
  • Jan 21 Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Chone Figgins, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Denis Menchov, Russian cyclist, born in Oryol, Russia
  • Jan 25 Jason Roberts, English-born footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 25 Derrick Turnbow, Major League Baseball Player, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • Jan 26 Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 26 Corina Morariu, American tennis player
  • Jan 26 Kelly Stables, American actress
  • Jan 27 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 28 Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer
  • Jan 28 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer
  • Jan 28 Jamie Carragher, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • Jan 29 Rob Bironas, American football player
  • Jan 30 Lnd Girchoukevitch, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 John Patterson, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 31 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion
  • Jan 31 Ray Shah, Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 4 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 8 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • Jan 10 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • Jan 10 Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn
  • Jan 13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 14 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 16 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), dies at 92
  • Jan 18 Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jan 18 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Jan 22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • Jan 23 Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator, 1974 Photoplay Award), dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Terry Kath, American musician and songwriter (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 24 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • Jan 26 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86