Sunday December 31, 1978, NewYear’s Eve

US date format: 12/31/1978, UK date format: 31/12/1978

It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 31, 1978). The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat). Famous people born on this day include Papoose and Tyrese Gibson. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Le Freak by Chic. Khatta Meetha, directed by Basu Chatterjee, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978 while Faeries by Brian Froud and Alan Lee was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Running Blind. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Frogs or Starfleet Orion.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

You can also have a look at the whole 1978 or at December 31 across the years.

Like this date if it is important to you!

Have a look at the old newspapers from December 31, 1978 and get them!

Get historic newspapers from December 31, 1978
The Times

Discover our US newspaper digital archive from December 31, 1978

Browse US newspapers from December 31, 1978
historic newspapers


Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?

See other popular movies of the week

Khatta Meetha

Directed by: Basu Chatterjee

Starring: Ashok Kumar, Rakesh Roshan, Bindiya Goswami, Raju Shrestha

Ice Castles

Directed by: Donald Wrye

Starring: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, Tom Skerritt

The Water Babies

Directed by: Lionel Jeffries

Starring: James Mason, Bernard Cribbins, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Greenwood

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Country: United States of America

California Suite

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Starring: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 31, 1978?


  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.


  • Magic Show closes at Cort Theater in New York City after 1859 performances.
Sport Games on December 31, 1978

Sport Games on December 31, 1978

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?

Running Blind

Directed by: Ryan Suffern

A Woman Called Moses

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

Rentner haben niemals Zeit

Treasure Island

Starring: Joe Thomas, Bobby Thong

Country: Japan

Beechgrove Garden

Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1978?


Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?


By: Brian Froud and Alan Lee

A quarter of a century after its initial publication, and with more than a million copies in print worldwide, Brian Froud and Alan Lee’s Faeries is a certified fantasy classic.

The Silmarillion

By: J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

“Majestic! . . . Readers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will find in The Silmarillion a cosmology to call their own, medieval romances, fierce fairy tales, and fiercer wars that ring with heraldic fury .

The Empty Copper Sea

By: John D. MacDonald

From a beloved master of crime fiction, The Empty Copper Sea is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat.Asking

Fools Die

By: Mario Puzo

From the blockbuster author of The Godfather, here is the international and New York Times bestseller about the feverish world of a big-time gambler.


By: Rien Poortvliet

The delightful classic Gnomes has been repackaged in this exceptional collector's edition to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this magical book.


What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Video Pinball

Platform: Dedicated console, Arcade, Atari 2600

Genre: Pinball

Publisher: Atari Inc.

Starfleet Orion

Platform: PET, TRS-80, Apple II

Genre: Sci-Fi strategy game

Publisher: Epyx


Platform: Arcade

Genre: Action / Platform

Publisher: Sega-Gremlin

Air-Sea War - Battle (Europe) Armored Encounter! / Subchase! (US)

Platform: Philips Videopac (Europe) Magnavox Odyssey² (US)

Genre: Compilation

Publisher: Philips, Magnavox

3-D Docking Mission

Platform: Apple II

Genre: Simulation

Publisher: Programma International The Elektrik Keyboard

Like this date if it is important to you!