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1978 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 391

  • Jan 1 Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • Jan 1 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • Jan 1 Los Angeles Police chief Edward Davis retires from police force
  • Jan 5 Bülent Ecevit becomes Prime Minister of Turkey for the 3rd time
  • Jan 6 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
  • Jan 6 US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary
  • Jan 7 Angola revises its constitution in include a state security law
  • Jan 8 Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 8 Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Jan 9 Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • Jan 10 Soyuz 27 launches, carrying 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Jan 11 Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • Jan 13 NASA select its first American women astronauts
  • Jan 15 Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman
  • Jan 16 Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
  • Jan 18 Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pakistan at Karachi

  • Jan 18 Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries)
  • Jan 18 Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
  • Jan 19 Judge William H. Webster appointed head of FBI

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Jan 19 The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.

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The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
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  • Jan 23 Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • Jan 23 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.
  • Jan 24 Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • Jan 25 Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat
  • Jan 26 Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
  • Jan 26 International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Mário Soares forms Portuguese government

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jan 26 Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
  • Jan 28 Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife
  • Jan 29 Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban.
  • Jan 31 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Harriet Tubman is 1st African American woman to be honored on a US postage stamp

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • Feb 3 Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test, after India are all out for 445 chasing 493 to win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and US President Jimmy Carter discuss the Middle East peace process in Washington, D.C.

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Feb 5 Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed in New England and New York over 3 days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office

US Vice President Hubert Humphrey
US Vice President
Hubert Humphrey

  • Feb 6 Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" / 137cm)
  • Feb 7 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
  • Feb 8 Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes Prime Minister of Kuwait
  • Feb 8 Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • Feb 10 Frank C. Carlucci succeeds John F. Blake as deputy director of CIA
  • Feb 11 16 Unification church couples wed in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 China lifts a ban on works of Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

Philosopher Aristotle
Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Playwright William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
  • Feb 11 EOKA disbands in Cyprus
  • Feb 12 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 12 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 13 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 14 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Feb 15 Zaire revises its constitution
  • Feb 16 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
  • Feb 17 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast
  • Feb 19 Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
  • Feb 20 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • Feb 22 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn
  • Feb 26 Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 27 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 2 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
  • Mar 4 Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
  • Mar 5 Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Mar 7 Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
  • Mar 7 Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • Mar 9 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 9 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Pötzsch (East Germany)
  • Mar 9 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • Mar 10 Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
  • Mar 11 Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
  • Mar 11 USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
  • Mar 13 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • Mar 14 Marines terminate Moluccan action in Province house (1 dead)
  • Mar 15 -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • Mar 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • Mar 16 Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
  • Mar 16 US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
  • Mar 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 17 Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • Mar 17 Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day
  • Mar 18 Former Pakistani premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
  • Mar 19 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
  • Mar 21 San Francisco passes its and the U.S.' most comprehensive homosexual rights bill
  • Mar 22 France performs nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 22 Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, San Francisco, dedicated

  • Mar 22 Karl "The Great" Wallenda, German acrobat (The Flying Wallendas) dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 73
  • Mar 23 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, UCLA beat Maryland 90-74 in Los Angeles
  • Mar 27 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • Mar 28 Daryl Gates becomes the 49th Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Mar 31 USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite
  • Apr 1 Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
  • Apr 2 Georges de Mestral's patent for "velvet type fabric" expires, puts "Velcro" in the open market
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 6 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy
  • Apr 7 Guttenberg bible sells for $2,000,000 in New York City
  • Apr 7 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb
  • Apr 13 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered
  • Apr 14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 1 Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
  • Jan 5 Sabrina Harman, American military figure and accused torturer, born in Lorton, Virginia
  • Jan 14 Just Blaze [Justin Smith], American hip hop producer, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Jan 31 Brad Rutter, Jeopardy! champion, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 Ray Shah, Irish Big Brother contestant, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 3 Amal Clooney, British-Lebanese human rights lawyer (Julian Assange), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Feb 7 David Aebischer, National Hockey League goaltender
  • Feb 9 Daniel Mann, British television commentator
  • Feb 10 Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer
  • Feb 12 Silver Meikar, Estonian human rights activist and politician, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • Feb 15 Tuan Le, Vietnamese-US poker player, born in Paris, France
  • Feb 17 Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim, born in Long Praire, Minnesota (d. 1989)
  • Feb 24 Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, Brazilian mixed-martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Feb 26 John Tartaglia, Broadway performer & "Muppeteer", born in Maple Shade, New Jersey
  • Feb 28 Louise Woodward, English nanny who killed eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in 1997, born in Elton, Cheshire
  • Mar 11 Christopher Rice, American author (A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden), born in Berkeley, California
  • Mar 12 Cristina Teuscher, 4X200m freestyle (Olymp-gold-96), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Mar 12 Arina Tanemura, Japanese mangaka
  • Mar 14 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
  • Mar 15 Takeru Kobayashi, Japanese competitive eater
  • Mar 21 Charmaine Dragun, Australian news anchor (d.2007)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Federline, American dancer/hip hop artist
  • Mar 24 Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer
  • Apr 4 Sam Moran, Australian entertainer (The Wiggles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 16 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Apr 19 Amanda Sage, American visionary artist, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 20 Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol, born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
  • May 4 Shaenon K. Garrity, American webcomics writer and artist (creator of Narbonic)
  • May 6 Alexander Fedorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • May 7 Brian Clevinger, American author (Atomic Robo)
  • May 11 Richard Spencer, American white supremacist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 24 Brian Ching, American footballer (U.S. National Team), born in Hale'iwa, Hawaii
  • May 30 Lyoto Machida, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • Jun 7 Adrienne Frantz, (Tiffany Thorne-Sunset Beach), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jun 9 Shandi Finnessey, game hostess
  • Jun 19 Garfield the Cat, animated character "Big fat hairy deal"
  • Jun 20 Quinton Jackson, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Jun 30 Owen Lafave, ex-husband of Debra Lafave
  • Jun 30 Ben Cousins, Australian Football League player
  • Jul 2 Jüri Ratas, Estonian politician
  • Jul 17 Ricardo Arona, Brazilian mixed martial artist, born in Niterói, Brazil
  • Jul 22 Martyn Lee, English radio presenter
  • Jul 25 Louise Brown, English woman who was the first person to be born through in vitro fertilization, born in Oldham, England
  • Aug 7 Alexandre Aja, French director, born in Paris, France
  • Aug 28 Shaniqua [Linda Miles], American wrestling valet, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 1 Lucie Blackman, English murder victim (d. 2000)
  • Sep 3 Paul Moor, English ten-pin bowler, born in Kingston-upon-Hull, England
  • Sep 4 Christian Walz, Swedish artist, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sep 14 Ron DeSantis, American politician, Governor of Florida (2019-), Rep-D-Florida (2013-18), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 24 Tarek Saab, American TV show contestant (The Apprentice), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Oct 1 Andrew JC Jackson, Australian surf lifesaver
  • Nov 9 Steven Lopez, American taekwondo martial artist, born in Nicaragua
  • Nov 28 Ryan Leslie, American producer
  • Nov 30 Emil Steiner, American writer
  • Dec 5 Neil Druckmann, Israeli-American writer & co-president Naughty Dog, born in Israel
  • Dec 7 Chad Dukes, American radio personality, born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Dec 10 Donna Williams, co-founder of Neopets
  • Dec 13 B.J. Penn, American mixed martial artist, born in Kailua, Hawaii

Weddings in History

  • Jan 24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 15 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) weds William George Toth

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

LoveWedding of Interest

May 20 Soldier and later politician Lee Hsien Loong marries first wife doctor Wong Ming Yang

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Lee Hsien Loong

LoveWedding of Interest

May 29 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (24) weds school teacher Anna Friedmann

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • Jun 15 Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
  • Jun 30 English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 13 James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Journalist Ben Bradlee (57) weds fellow journalist Sally Quinn (37)

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • Nov 17 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Best-selling author Michael Crichton (36) weds lawyer Kathleen St. Johns

Divorces in History

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage

Novelist Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 15 US Senator Edward W. Brooke (58) divorces first wife Remigia Ferrari-Scacco after 31 years of marriage

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 John D. MacArthur, American insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua

Person of interestHubert Humphrey

Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey, American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (1965-69), and 1968 Presidential candidate, dies of bladder cancer at 66

US Vice President Hubert Humphrey
US Vice President
Hubert Humphrey
  • Jan 14 Kurt Gödel, Austrian-American mathematician (Gödel's incompleteness theorems), dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 16 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), dies at 92
  • Jan 18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer, dies at 58
  • Jan 18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Feb 4 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • Feb 9 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 James B. Conant, American chemist and President of Harvard University, dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Harry Martinson, Swedish novelist and poet (Trade Wind-Nobel 1974), dies at 73
  • Feb 16 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • Feb 21 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • Feb 22 Phyllis McGinley, American poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 24 Leigh Brackett, American sci-fi author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales, dies at 94
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • Apr 16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daoud Khan, Afghan politician, murdered at 68
  • Apr 28 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) & Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68
  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), dies at 71

MurderAldo Moro

May 9 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist & poet, dies at 93
  • May 14 Bill Lear, American engineer, manufacturer and CEO (Lear Jet Corp), dies at 75

Person of interestRobert Menzies

May 15 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • May 17 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 17 Selwyn Lloyd, British statesman involved in Suez crisis, dies at 73
  • May 21 Jo Spier [Joseph Spier], Dutch cartoonist and water color painter, dies at 77
  • Jun 4 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), dies at 58
  • Jun 5 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, dies at 85
  • Jun 15 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician and NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • Jun 24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 25 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • Jun 26 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • Jun 28 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • Jul 1 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 9 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Aug 2 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, dies at 48
  • Aug 3 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 6 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76

Person of interestPaul VI

Aug 6 Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), dies of a heart attack at 80

Pope Paul VI
Paul VI
  • Aug 9 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Johan Daisne [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer and illustrator, dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 21 Charles Eames, American designer and architect, dies at 71
  • Aug 22 Ignazio Silone, Italian novelist (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Person of interestJomo Kenyatta

Aug 22 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 28 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 28 F. Van Wyck Mason, American historian and author (Three Harbours), dies at 76
  • Aug 31 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
  • Sep 9 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • Sep 11 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Janet Parker, English medical photographer, the last person to die of smallpox, dies at 40
  • Sep 15 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • Sep 19 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, dies at 94
  • Sep 24 Hasso von Manteuffel, German WWII general (5th Panzer Army) and politician, dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist (Nobel 1924-discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectroscopy), dies at 91
  • Sep 28 Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciani], 263rd Roman Catholic Pope, dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • Oct 9 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Anastas Mikoyan, Armenian revolutionary and member of Supreme Soviet, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, artist (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84

Person of interestMargaret Mead

Nov 15 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead

Person of interestJim Jones

Nov 18 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple Cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • Nov 18 Leo Ryan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), assassinated at 53 in Jonestown, Guyana
  • Nov 20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • Nov 20 Giorgio De Chirico, Italian painter (founded the scuola metafisica art movement), dies at 90