What Happened on January 8, 1978

Historical Events

Sports History

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

Election of Interest

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

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

All Creatures Great and Small

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

1978 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Born in 1978

Famous Deaths

  • Walter Keirnan, American TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75

About January 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 8 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Baby Come Back - Player
  • UK #1 Song: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School - Wings