Historical Events in June 1978

  • Jun 1 England cricket fast bowler Chris Old becomes only third man to capture 4 wickets in 5 balls in a Test, as Pakistan dismissed for 164 in 1st Test at Edgbaston; Old 5 for 70

Sports History

Jun 1 Future England cricket captain David Gower makes his Test debut in 1st Test against Pakistan in Birmingham; England win by an innings and 57 runs

Historic Event

Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten

  • Jun 1 The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed

Album Release

Jun 2 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen fourth studio album "Darkness on the Edge of Town"

  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 "Working" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 25 performances
  • Jun 4 32nd Tony Awards: "Da" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" win
  • Jun 4 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 8 strokes from Hollis Stacy
  • Jun 4 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • Jun 6 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%

Television Premiere

Jun 6 US TV news program "20/20", created by Roone Arledge premieres on ABC

  • Jun 7 32nd NBA championship: Washington Bullets defeat Seattle Supersonics in 7 games
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • Jun 8 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

Historic Event

Jun 8 Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery

  • Jun 9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood

Historic Event

Jun 9 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed to wrap up the Triple Crown
  • Jun 10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Ruzici of Romania claims her lone major singles title; beats Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-2

  • Jun 10 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
  • Jun 11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg wins his 3rd French title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

  • Jun 11 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

LPGA Championship

Jun 11 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 6 strokes from fellow American Amy Alcott

  • Jun 12 David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life
  • Jun 12 US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • Jun 13 Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • Jun 14 Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • Jun 15 Belgian government resigns
  • Jun 15 Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
  • Jun 15 Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days

Sports History

Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0

Film Release

Jun 16 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

  • Jun 17 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32

Sports History

Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh

US Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

  • Jun 18 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election
  • Jun 19 "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances

Historic Event

Jun 19 Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip

Sports History

Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita", starring Elaine Page, premieres at the Prince Edward Theatre, London

  • Jun 21 The British Army shoots dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • Jun 22 James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
  • Jun 22 Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time
  • Jun 25 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • Jun 26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • Jun 26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • Jun 26 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • Jun 27 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • Jun 27 Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jun 27 US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
  • Jun 28 UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as Ambassadors of Goodwill

Historic Event

Jun 29 US Vice President Walter Mondale begins trip to Middle East

  • Jun 30 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby becomes only the second African-American manager in MLB with the Chicago White Sox

Baseball Record

Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs