On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1978

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

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
1978 Highlights

About July 31, 1978

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo