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Historical Events in August 1978

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Atlanta Braves trounce Cincinnati Reds, 16-4 and halt Pete Rose's NL record hitting streak at 44 games

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada
  • Aug 5 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • Aug 5 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya

Papal InaugurationFuneral of Pope Paul VI

Aug 11 Funeral of Pope Paul VI held in the Vatican

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Pope Paul VI's body lying in view in the Vatican after his death
Pope Paul VI's body lying in view in the Vatican after his death
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  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 11 "C'est Chic" 2nd studio album by Chic is released featuring single "Le Freak" (Billboard Album of the Year 1979)
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty

  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 27 Dutch cyclist Gerrie Knetemann wins UCI Road World C'ship from Francesco Moser of Italy and Dane Jorgen Marcussenin in Nürburg, West Germany

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site