On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1978

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Cincinnati infielder Pete Rose singles off Phil Niekro to extend his hitting streak to 44 games as Reds edge Atlanta Braves, 3-2; ties Willie Keeler's 81-year-old NL record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • NY Yanks now 7½ out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks

Famous Birthdays

  • Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • Will Champion, English musician (drummer for Coldplay), born in Southampton, England
  • Zac Brown, American musician (Zac Brown Band), born in Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Zeta Makripoulia, Greek actress, model and TV presenter

Famous Deaths

  • Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70