On This Day

Events in History in July 1978

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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
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 6 Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Muslim West Beirut
  • Jul 6 A sleeping car catches fire in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people
  • Jul 7 Solomon Islands declares independence from UK
  • Jul 8 Sandro Pertini elected the 7th President of the Italian Republic
  • Jul 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
  • Jul 9 American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago
  • Jul 9 Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. for ERA
  • Jul 10 Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees
  • Jul 11 Auto with liquid gas crashes and explodes in Spain, 160 killed
  • Jul 12 Sun Bank Building opens

  • Jul 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 13 Albania drops diplomatic relations with People's Republic of China
  • Jul 13 Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
  • Jul 13 Lee Iacocca fired as president of the Ford Motor Company by chairman Henry Ford II
  • Jul 13 Russian dissidents Ginsburg, Piatkus and Sjtsjaranki sentenced to work camps
  • Jul 13 Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
  • Jul 14 Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • Jul 14 Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado
  • Jul 18 Egyptian and Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks
  • Jul 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 21 Bolivian military coup under General Juan Pereda, President Hugo Banzer flees
  • Jul 21 US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
  • Jul 21 World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
  • Jul 23 Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
  • Jul 23 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • Jul 25 The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs.
  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll

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Jul 27 Portuguese President António Ramalho Eanes fires Premier Mário Soares

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Jul 28 Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time
  • Jul 28 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 29 Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m
  • Jul 29 Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn and its rings
  • Jul 31 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris