On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1978

Historical Events

Baseball 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

  • Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris

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, British drummer (Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"), born in Southampton, England
  • Zac Brown, American country-rock singer and guitarist (Zac Brown Band - "Toes"; "Knee Deep"), 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
1978 Highlights

About July 31, 1978

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 4 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo