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Events in History in October 1978

  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • Oct 5 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 5 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 5 Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare that has widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • Oct 5 "The Boys from Brazil" debuts
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)

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Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)

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Oct 10 US Congress approves dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony

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Oct 10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Jomo Kenyatta as President of Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • Oct 11 Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
  • Oct 11 Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
  • Oct 12 Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington

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Oct 13 US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched
  • Oct 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Oct 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 16 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Herbert A Simon

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Oct 17 President Jimmy Carter signs bill restoring US citizenship to Jefferson Davis
  • Oct 17 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 18 US 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • Oct 20 Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • Oct 20 US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2
  • Oct 21 Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • Oct 22 Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
  • Oct 22 Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope
  • Oct 23 China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
  • Oct 25 Israeli government approves "in principle", a draft compromise peace

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Oct 26 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • Oct 27 US President Jimmy Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
  • Oct 28 Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)
  • Oct 30 Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1
  • Oct 30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • Oct 31 Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • Oct 31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) adopts constitution