On This Day

What Happened on October 9, 1978

Historical Events

Music Awards

12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, and Don Williams win

  • John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Juan Dixon, American basketball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife -"You Raise Me Up"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Randy Spelling, American actor (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 49
  • Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
1978 Highlights

About October 9, 1978

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 1 month and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Columbus Day (United States), Thanksgiving (Canada)

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