What Happened in June 1978

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 England cricket fast bowler Chris Old becomes only third man to capture 4 wickets in 5 balls in a Test, as Pakistan dismissed for 164 in 1st Test at Edgbaston; Old 5 for 70

Sports History

Jun 1 Future England cricket captain David Gower makes his Test debut in 1st Test against Pakistan in Birmingham; England win by an innings and 57 runs

Historic Event

Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten

  • Jun 1 The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed

Album Release

Jun 2 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen fourth studio album "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 25 performances
  • Jun 4 32nd Tony Awards: "Da" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" win
  • Jun 4 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 8 strokes from Hollis Stacy
  • Jun 4 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • Jun 6 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%

Television Premiere

Jun 6 US TV news program "20/20", created by Roone Arledge premieres on ABC

  • Jun 7 32nd NBA championship: Washington Bullets defeat Seattle Supersonics in 7 games
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • Jun 8 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

Historic Event

Jun 8 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery

  • Jun 9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

Historic Event

Jun 9 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed to wrap up the Triple Crown
  • Jun 10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Ruzici of Romania claims her lone major singles title; beats Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-2

  • Jun 10 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
  • Jun 11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg wins his 3rd French title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

  • Jun 11 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

LPGA Championship

Jun 11 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 6 strokes from fellow American Amy Alcott

  • Jun 12 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life
  • Jun 12 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • Jun 13 Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • Jun 14 Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • Jun 15 Belgian government resigns
  • Jun 15 Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
  • Jun 15 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days

Sports History

Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0

Film Release

Jun 16 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

  • Jun 17 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32

Sports History

Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh

US Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

  • Jun 18 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election
  • Jun 19 "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances

Historic Event

Jun 19 Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip

Sports History

Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita", starring Elaine Page, premieres at the Prince Edward Theatre, London

  • Jun 21 The British Army shoots dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • Jun 22 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
  • Jun 22 Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time
  • Jun 25 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • Jun 26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • Jun 26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • Jun 26 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • Jun 27 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • Jun 27 Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 27 US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
  • Jun 28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as Ambassadors of Goodwill

Historic Event

Jun 29 US Vice President Walter Mondale begins trip to Middle East

  • Jun 30 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby becomes only the second African-American manager in MLB with the Chicago White Sox

Baseball Record

Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 2 A.J. Styles, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 2 Dominic Cooper, British stage and screen actor (The History Boys; Fleming; Mamma Mia!; Agent Carter), born in Greenwich, London, England
  • Jun 2 Justin Long, American actor (Jeepers Creepers; Alvin and the Chipmunks), born in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Jun 2 Nikki Cox, American actress (Unhappily Ever After; The Norm Show; Las Vegas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jun 3 Lyfe Jennings, American R&B singer-songwriter, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jun 5 Fernando Meira, Portuguese football player
  • Jun 6 Carl Barât, English rock singer (The Libertines; Dirty Pretty Things), born in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, England
  • Jun 6 Jeremy Gara, Canadian drummer (Arcade Fire), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Jun 6 Judith Barsi, American child actress (The Land Before Time), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1988)
  • Jun 6 Mariana Popova, Bulgarian pop singer ("Dream About Me"), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Jun 7 Adrienne Frantz, (Tiffany Thorne-Sunset Beach), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jun 7 Bill Hader, American comedian and actor (Saturday Night Live, Barry), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jun 7 Tony An, Korean K-pop singer and dancer (H.O.T), born in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Maria MenounosMaria Menounos (44 years old)

Jun 8 American actress, TV star (Today, Access Hollywood, WWE) and 1996 Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, born in Medford, Massachusetts

  • Jun 9 Matthew Bellamy, British singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Muse - "Uprising"; "Supermassive Black Hole"), born in Cambridge, England
  • Jun 9 Michaela Conlin, American actress
  • Jun 9 Miroslav Klose, German footballer (Bayern Munich, Lazio), born in Opole, Poland
  • Jun 9 Shandi Finnessey, game hostess
  • Jun 10 Shane West, American actor and singer (What We Do Is Secret), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jun 11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 12 DJ Qualls, American actor (Road Trip), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jun 12 Shiloh Strong, American actor (Maybe This Time, House of Cards), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 13 Ethan Embry, American actor
  • Jun 13 Mathis Künzler, Swiss actor
  • Jun 13 Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
  • Jun 14 Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast
  • Jun 14 Diablo Cody, American screenwriter
  • Jun 14 Steve Bégin, French Canadian hockey player
  • Jun 14 The-Dream [Terius Nash], American R&B singer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • Jun 15 RoRo [Romell Chapman], American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 15 Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 15 Zach Day, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Dainius Zubrus, Lithuanian ice hockey player
  • Jun 16 Daniel Brühl, German actor (Good Bye Lenin!), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jun 16 Jasmine "Fish" Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer (Courage), born in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Jun 16 Lyndsey Marshal, British actress (Rome), born in Manchester, England
  • Jun 17 Isabelle Delobel, French ice dancer (World Champion 2008), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Jun 17 Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress, born in Sanmu, Japan
  • Jun 18 Tara Platt, American actress and voice actress for Japanese anime films (Temari-Naruto), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Jun 19 Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 19 Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball power forward (NBA Finals MVP 2011; NBA MVP 2007; 14 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • Jun 19 Garfield the Cat, animated character "Big fat hairy deal"
  • Jun 19 Mía Maestro, Argentine actress
  • Jun 19 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler, born in Miramichi, New Brunswick

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana (44 years old)

Jun 19 American actress (Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), born in Passaic, New Jersey

  • Jun 20 Bobby Seay, American baseball player
  • Jun 20 Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • Jun 20 Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 20 LaVar Arrington, American football player
  • Jun 20 Quinton Jackson, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Jun 21 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer and coach, born in Perugia, Italy
  • Jun 21 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • Jun 21 Erica Durance, Canadian actress (Smallville), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jun 21 Matt Kuchar, American golfer (British Open 2017 runner-up), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • Jun 22 Champ Bailey, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-team All-Pro 2004–06; 12 x Pro Bowl; NFL record most passes defended: 203; Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos), born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky
  • Jun 22 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver (Indianapolis 500, 2005 & 2011), born in Emberton, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2011)
  • Jun 22 Jai Rodriguez, American TV personality
  • Jun 23 Frédéric Leclercq, French bassist (DragonForce)
  • Jun 23 Matt Light, American football player
  • Jun 23 Memphis Bleek, American rapper
  • Jun 24 Ariel Pink [Rosenberg], American hypnagogic pop and chillwave musician and songwriter ("Before Today"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 24 Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish symphonic metal guitarist (Nightwish; Brother Firetribe), born in Kitee, Finland
  • Jun 24 Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • Jun 24 Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • Jun 24 Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • Jun 24 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 25 Aftab Shivdasani, Bollywood actor (Mast), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Jun 25 Layla El, English dancer, model and 2006 WWE Diva Search winner, born in London
  • Jun 25 Luke Scott, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Rays), born in DeLeon Springs, Florida
  • Jun 26 Alex Dana, French singer (L5's singer), born in Marseille, France
  • Jun 27 Lolly [Anna Shantha Kumble], British singer ("Viva la Radio"), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • Jun 29 Luke Kirby, Canadian American actor (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jun 29 Nicole Scherzinger, American singer (Pussycat Dolls), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jun 29 Sam Farrar, Australian-American bassist (Phantom Planet), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 30 Ben Cousins, Australian Football League player (Richmond), born in Geelong, Victoria

Famous Weddings

Howard Stern

Jun 4 Broadcaster Howard Stern (24) marries Alison Berns at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline Massachusetts.

Robin Williams

Jun 4 Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams (26) weds first wife Valerie Velardi

  • Jun 15 Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
  • Jun 30 English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria

Famous Divorces

Edward W. Brooke

Jun 15 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 4 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), dies at 58
  • Jun 5 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • Jun 6 D. H. Th. Vollenhoven, Dutch composer and philosopher, dies at 85
  • Jun 6 Lester "Shad" Collins, American jazz trumpet player, composer and arranger (Chick Webb; Lester Young: Cab Calloway), dies at 67
  • Jun 7 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • Jun 9 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jun 12 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, dies at 85
  • Jun 14 Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician and NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • Jun 18 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • Jun 20 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • Jun 22 Jens Otto Krag, Danish politician, premier of Denmark (1962-68, 71-72), dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 25 Barry Brown, American actor (Frederick Winterbourne-Daisy Miller), dies at 27
  • Jun 25 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • Jun 26 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • Jun 28 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • Jun 29 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Hogan's Heroes; The Donna Reed Show), murdered at 49