On This Day

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

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Election of Interest

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

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Television Debut

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

Veterinarian and Novelist James Herriot
Veterinarian and Novelist
James Herriot

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

  • Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
1978 Highlights

About January 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 9 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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