On This Day

Historical Events in 1978 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 703

  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 11 "C'est Chic" second 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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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
  • Sep 1 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • Sep 1 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064

Film Premiere

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

  • Sep 2 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston

Baseball Record

Sep 2 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

  • Sep 3 Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
  • Sep 3 Pope John Paul I officially installed as 263rd supreme pontiff
  • Sep 3 Bernard Slade's stage comedy "Same Time, Next Year", closes at the Ambassador Theatre, NYC,, after 1,453 performances and a Tony Award

Telethon

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

  • Sep 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 7 1st game of Boston Massacre, NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 15-3
  • Sep 8 2nd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 13-2

Historic Event

Sep 8 Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Tehran, 100s killed

  • Sep 9 3rd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-0
  • Sep 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • Sep 9 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an uprising in the Iranian army
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Chris Evert wins her 4th straight US singles title; beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4; first time event played on hard courts

  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 10 Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")
  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-4 to tie for AL East 1st place; Yanks out hit arch rivals, 67-21; score 42-9

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Sports History

Sep 10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Sep 11 The last known person dies of smallpox - medical photographer Janet Parker through infection in a laboratory, in Birmingham, England

Television Premiere

Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Marilu Henner, and Andy Kaufman

  • Sep 13 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • Sep 13 New York Yankees recover from 14 games behind to gain sole possession of AL East 1st place with 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit

Sports History

Sep 14 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970

  • Sep 14 Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • Sep 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people
  • Sep 15 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
  • Sep 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

Film & TV History

Sep 16 Filming begins for "Monty Python's Life of Brian", on location in Monastir, Tunisia

  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 16 New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2; at Yankee Stadium; Blue Bombers 6th win over arch rivals in 2 weeks
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family"; Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win

Historic Event

Sep 17 Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Camp David Accords, frameworks for peace in the Middle East and between Egypt and Israel

  • Sep 17 After 6 losses to the New York Yankees in September, the Boston Red Sox finally score a 7-3 win over their arch rivals at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 18 All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • Sep 20 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 439 performances
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 20 Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
  • Sep 21 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes are destroyed
  • Sep 21 3rd Toronto International Film Festival: "Girlfriends" directed by Claudia Weill wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 22 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit
  • Sep 23 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Anwar Sadat home from Camp David peace summit
  • Sep 24 Dutch women hockey team wins world championship

Sports History

Sep 24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74

  • Sep 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 25 PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
  • Sep 26 RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
  • Sep 26 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • Sep 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 28 Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
  • Sep 28 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon

Album Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired

  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • Sep 30 Phillies clinch NL East title
  • Sep 30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 2 NY Yankees win 3rd straight AL East title beating Boston Red Sox, 5-4 in a dramatic single playoff game; Ron Guidry wins #25 aided by Bucky Dent's 3-run homer
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I

Film Premiere

Oct 4 Film adaptation of Ira Levin's novel "The Boys from Brazil", starring Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier premieres

  • Oct 5 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 5 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)
  • Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person

Music History

Oct 6 Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls"

Baseball Record

Oct 6 Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5

  • Oct 6 "Midnight Express" film premieres directed by Alan Parker starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt

Film Premiere

Oct 6 Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" film premieres starring Richard Gere

  • Oct 7 LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
  • Oct 8 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
  • Oct 8 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

Historic Event

Oct 9 P.W. Botha succeeds John Vorster as Prime Minister of South Africa

Music Awards

Oct 9 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, and Don Williams win

  • Oct 9 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • Oct 10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

Historic Event

Oct 10 US Congress approves dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony

Historic Event

Oct 10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Jomo Kenyatta as President of Kenya

  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • Oct 11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • Oct 11 Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
  • Oct 11 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th

Album Release

Oct 11 Columbia Records releases "52nd Street", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's sixth studio album; it becomes his 1st chart-topper, and wins 3 Grammy Awards

  • Oct 12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington

Murder of Interest

Oct 12 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Radio History

Oct 13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched
  • Oct 13 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectacular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yanks win next 4
  • Oct 13 "52nd Street" 6th studio album by Billy Joel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1979)

Film & TV History

Oct 14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"

  • Oct 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 14 NY outfielder Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy; interferes with a throw to 1st, deflects ball away during Yankees, 4-3 Game 4 win over LA Dodgers at Yankee Stadium

Sports History

Oct 14 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Herbert A Simon

Papal Inauguration

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

Sports History

Oct 16 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

  • Oct 17 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • Oct 17 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees repeat as champions; beat LA, 7-2 at Dodger Stadium for 4-2 series victory; MVP: NY shortstop Bucky Dent
  • Oct 17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • Oct 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 17 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • Oct 18 US 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • Oct 18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • Oct 20 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • Oct 20 Police's 1st US concert (NYC's CBGBs)
  • Oct 20 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2
  • Oct 21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • Oct 22 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances

New York City Marathon

Oct 22 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

  • Oct 22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • Oct 22 Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
  • Oct 22 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope
  • Oct 23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • Oct 23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • Oct 23 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC

Music History

Oct 24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto

  • Oct 24 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders
  • Oct 25 Israeli government approves "in principle", a draft compromise peace
  • Oct 25 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

Film Release

Oct 25 "Halloween", directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

  • Oct 26 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • Oct 27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
  • Oct 28 Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)

Sports History

Oct 28 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • Oct 30 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1
  • Oct 30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • Oct 31 Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • Oct 31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) adopts constitution
  • Nov 2 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 2 Arnold Shapiro's TV documentary "Scared Straight", narrated by Peter Falk as a controversial and questionable deterrent to juvenile delinquency, debuts on Los Angeles' KTLA-TV

Sports History

Nov 2 Wayne Gretzky is sold to the Edmonton Oilers after just 8 games with the Indianapolis Racers of the WHA (scoring 6 points); scores 104 points in 72 games (both teams combined) and is named WHA rookie of the year

  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 3 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty
  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran University
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Sports History

Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

Historic Event

Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

  • Nov 5 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Sports History

Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games