On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1978

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Mike Moreno, American jazz musician (First in Mind), born in Houston, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
1978 Highlights

About October 8, 1978

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 42 years, 9 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Libra