On This Day

June 1978 in History

Events in History

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Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten
  • Jun 1 The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed
  • Jun 4 32nd Tony Awards: "Da" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" win
  • Jun 4 Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
  • Jun 6 Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57%
  • Jun 8 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification

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

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

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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

  • Jun 9 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • Jun 10 Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • Jun 11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop
  • Jun 11 Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • 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

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 16 Ringo Starr releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Jun 17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh
  • Jun 18 Victor de la Torre wins Peru election

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

Garfield Cartoonist Jim Davis
Garfield Cartoonist
Jim Davis
  • 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 First use of the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, made by Gilbert Baker at a march in San Francisco
  • Jun 26 Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
  • Jun 26 First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • 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 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

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

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale

Birthdays in History

  • 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 Ben Cousins, Australian Football League player (Richmond), born in Geelong, Victoria

Weddings in History

  • 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

Divorces in History

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

  • 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)