What Happened on January 1, 1978

Historical Events

AFC Championship

AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders, 20-17

  • Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213

Musical Finale

Alex Bradford, Vinnette Carroll, and Micki Grant's musical "Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God" closes at Lyceum Theatre, NYC, after 429 performances and 1 Tony Award

  • Los Angeles Police chief Edward Davis retires from police force
  • News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-6
1978 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Nina Bott, German actress
  • Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
  • Philip Mulryne, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (27 caps; Norwich City) and Dominican friar and priest, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Tarik O'Regan, British contemporary classical composer (Threshold of Night; Heart of Darkness), born in London, England
Born in 1978

About January 1, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 5 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
  • UK #1 Song: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School - Wings