Events in History in 1978

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  • 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 3 Chandrasekar takes 6-52 & 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
  • 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

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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 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • 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
  • Jan 19 The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
  • Jan 21 Bee Gees' album "Saturday Night Fever" goes #1 for 24 weeks
  • 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

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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 30 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
  • Jan 31 Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements

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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 1 Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
  • 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 PM 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, Shakespeare, & Dickens

  • 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 22 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • 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

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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

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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 12 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • 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 A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000
  • Mar 15 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 16 Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast

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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

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

  • Mar 22 Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 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 Rutles "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 Velcro was 1st put on the market
  • Apr 3 European market & China signs trade agreement
  • Apr 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • 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 7 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
  • 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
  • Apr 14 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • Apr 14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • Apr 14 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the captial Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • Apr 15 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
  • Apr 15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Apr 17 63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record)
  • Apr 17 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
  • Apr 18 Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
  • Apr 19 Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
  • Apr 22 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
  • Apr 23 Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
  • Apr 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 25 Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
  • Apr 26 France sends troops to Chad
  • Apr 26 NASA launches space vehicle S-201
  • Apr 27 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11
  • Apr 27 Cooling tower collaspes at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
  • May 1 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
  • May 1 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
  • May 3 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
  • May 3 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
  • May 4 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
  • May 6 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • May 9 Corpse of kidnapped Italian ex-premier Aldo Moro found
  • May 9 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • May 11 Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps
  • May 12 US Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female
  • May 13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • May 13 Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
  • May 14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta
  • May 17 Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
  • May 18 Italy legalizes abortion
  • May 18 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
  • May 20 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • May 20 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • May 21 118 Unification church couples wed in England
  • May 21 Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
  • May 23 General strike in Peru
  • May 24 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
  • May 24 American management consultant Marilyn Loden first coins the term "glass ceiling" to describe invisible career barriers for women
  • May 26 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • May 28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana.
  • May 29 US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jun 1 High Council destroys judgment against 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 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
  • 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 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
  • 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 Down 9-7 in 10th with 2 outs, Yanks Paul Blair hits a 3 run HR
  • 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
  • Jun 16 Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough"
  • Jun 17 "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
  • 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
  • Jun 29 VP Walter F Mondale begins trip to Middle East
  • Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs

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Jul 1 Former US President Richard Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Jul 1 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • Jul 3 US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"
  • Jul 4 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • Jul 5 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan