On This Day

What Happened on January 18, 1978

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pakistan at Karachi
  • Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway

Famous Deaths

  • Carl Betz, American actor (The Donna Reed Show, Love of Life), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, dies at 68
  • Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)