On This Day

What Happened on May 6, 1978

Historical Events

  • 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • South Africa military goes into Angola

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • John Abraham, American football player, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina

Famous Deaths

  • Ethelda Bleibtrey, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m, 300m, 4x100m freestyle relay 1920; first US female champion), dies at 76
  • Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
1978 Highlights

About May 6, 1978

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years and 7 months
Leap Year: No

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