On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1978

Historical Events

  • "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 performances

Sport awardAFC Championship

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • 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

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 composer
1978 Highlights

About January 1, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 9 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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

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