On This Day

Events in History in April 1978

  • 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

Historic Event

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
  • 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 capital 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 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 Cooling tower collapses at a coal-fired power plant at Willow Island, West Virginia, kills 51
  • Apr 27 Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup