On This Day

September 1978 in History

Events in History

  • 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
  • Sep 2 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
  • 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 6 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Historic Event

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

  • Sep 9 Ayatollah Khomeini calls for an uprising in the Iranian army
  • Sep 10 Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30")
  • Sep 11 The last known person dies of smallpox - medical photographer Janet Parker through infection in a laboratory, in Birmingham, England
  • Sep 13 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • 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 16 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar, Iran

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 18 All four Kiss members release solo albums
  • 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 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
  • 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 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

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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 √Čtienne 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