Events in History in 1978 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 383 of 383

  • 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 Franklin Bradshaw is murdered in Salt Lake City by his grandson Marc Schreuder at the instigation of his mother Frances Schreuder
  • Jul 23 Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
  • Jul 25 The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs.
  • Jul 26 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll

Event of Interest

Jul 27 Portuguese President António Ramalho Eanes fires Premier 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 American Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7 hrs, 40 min; record holds until 1995
  • Jul 31 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • Aug 1 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • Aug 3 11th Commonwealth Games open in Edmonton, Canada

Event of Interest

Aug 7 Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI

  • Aug 8 Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
  • Aug 9 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya
  • Aug 11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • Aug 12 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • Aug 12 China & Japan sign peace treaty
  • Aug 12 International Cometary Explorer (ICE) spacecraft launched - to study solar wind
  • Aug 13 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • Aug 15 US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • Aug 17 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • Aug 18 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters
  • Aug 20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • Aug 20 Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
  • Aug 20 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • Aug 21 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force
  • Aug 22 Left-wing Sandinistas revolutionaries occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
  • Aug 23 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • Aug 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 26 Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
  • Aug 26 Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
  • Aug 28 Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
  • Aug 28 Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
  • Aug 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 31 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka

Event of Interest

Aug 31 Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of American publishing heiress Patty Hearst

  • Aug 31 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 1 #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064
  • Sep 1 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

Event of Interest

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
  • Oct 1 Comoros adopts constitution
  • Oct 1 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • Oct 1 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • Oct 2 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • Oct 3 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • Oct 4 Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • Oct 4 Pier 39 opens in San Francisco
  • Oct 5 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature
  • 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 Sweden's Fälldin government falls
  • Oct 6 Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago)
  • Oct 6 Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person
  • Oct 7 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 8 Ken Warby sets world water speed record at 275.97 knots (511.10 km/h; 317.58 mph) on Blowering Dam, Tumut River NSW, Australia

Event of Interest

Oct 9 P.W. Botha succeeds John Vorster as Prime Minister of South Africa

Event of Interest

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

  • Oct 10 Steve Perry joins Journey

Event of Interest

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

  • 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
  • Oct 13 Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
  • Oct 13 Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched

Radio History

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

  • 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

Papal Inauguration

Oct 16 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected 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
  • Oct 26 Independent Counsel Act is signed into law.
  • Oct 26 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 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
  • Nov 2 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
  • Nov 2 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 3 Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution
  • Nov 3 USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty
  • Nov 4 Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran University
  • Nov 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of Interest

Nov 5 Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

  • Nov 5 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran
  • Nov 6 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi places the country under military rule; General Gholām Reza Azhāri forms government
  • Nov 7 CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past
  • Nov 7 Marion Barry Jr. elected as Washington, D.C.'s first African American mayor
  • Nov 10 Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks
  • Nov 11 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • Nov 13 NASA launches HEAO 2
  • Nov 15 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Theater Premiere

Nov 15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London

  • Nov 18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Murder of Interest

Nov 18 In Jonestown, Guyana, 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, American politician, and 4 others, killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members of the religious cult

Election of Interest

Nov 25 New Zealand general election won by ruling Prime Minister Robert Muldoon and the National Party

  • Nov 26 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"
  • Nov 26 Christina Crawford autobiography "Mommie Dearest" reaches best-seller status


Nov 27 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White at City Hall

  • Nov 29 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • Nov 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 30 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 1 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size
  • Dec 2 Protesters chant "Allah is great" at an Anti-Shah protest in Tehran, Iran
  • Dec 4 Dianne Feinstein is named as San Francisco's 1st female and Jewish mayor

Event of Interest

Dec 4 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed

  • Dec 4 Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
  • Dec 5 Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 6 Spain adopts constitution
  • Dec 9 Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus
  • Dec 10 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo
  • Dec 11 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NYC Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8m in cash & jewelry
  • Dec 14 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Dec 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 15 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W. James
  • Dec 16 Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.

Event of Interest

Dec 16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China

  • Dec 17 OPEC raises oil prices by 18% and agrees on a 14.5% petroleum price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly
  • Dec 17 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
  • Dec 17 The Workers' Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe
  • Dec 18 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 18 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 19 France performs nuclear test

Event of Interest

Dec 20 H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's White House Chief of Staff released from jail

Murder of Interest

Dec 21 Police in Des Plaines, Illinois, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

  • Dec 22 Thailand adopts constitution
  • Dec 26 India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is released from jail
  • Dec 27 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship as King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
  • Dec 29 Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • Dec 29 Spain constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 30 Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
  • Dec 31 CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
  • Dec 31 Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
  • Dec 31 Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US