What Happened on October 22, 1978

Historical Events

  • "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession

New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12

Papal Inauguration

Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope


Famous Birthdays

  • Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian soccer striker (33 caps; Zanaco FC), born in Lusaka, Zambia (d. 2007)
  • Ed Droste, American indie-rock singer-songwriter (Grizzly Bear - "Two Weeks"), born in Massachusetts
  • Owais Shah, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, 2 x 50s; 71 ODIs; Middlesex CCC, Essex CCC), born in Karachi, Pakistan

Famous Deaths

  • John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
1978 Highlights

About October 22, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 3 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
  • UK #1 Song: Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John