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February 1978 in History

Events in History


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

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
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

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

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

Philosopher Aristotle
Philosopher
Aristotle
Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
Playwright William Shakespeare
Playwright
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

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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

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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