April 1978 calendar

April 1978

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1978.
The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was James Callaghan (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1978: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1978?


  • 01 Apr 1978 The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
  • 02 Apr 1978 TV show Dallas premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • 03 Apr 1978 50th Academy Awards - Annie Hall, Rich Dreyfuss and Diane Keaton win.
  • 06 Apr 1978 Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inning and 193 to win Ranji Trophy.
  • 07 Apr 1978 US President Jimmy Carter defers production of the neutron bomb.
  • 08 Apr 1978 Regular radio broadcasts of British Parliament proceedings start.
  • 09 Apr 1978 David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA - 73
  • 10 Apr 1978 Formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League is announced.
  • 13 Apr 1978 Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, and the field is showered
  • 14 Apr 1978 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 15 Apr 1978 43 die as two express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy.
  • 16 Apr 1978 History of the American Film closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • 17 Apr 1978 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for Dragons of Eden
  • 18 Apr 1978 US Senate votes to turn Panam� Canal over to Panam� on December 31, 1999.
  • 19 Apr 1978 Yitzhak Navron elected fifth President of Israel.
  • 20 Apr 1978 Korean Airlines flight 007 shot down by Soviets in Russian airspace
  • 22 Apr 1978 Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony.
  • 23 Apr 1978 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic.
  • 25 Apr 1978 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • 26 Apr 1978 France sends troops to Chad.
  • 27 Apr 1978 Accident at nuclear reactor Willow Island, Charleston, West Virginia, kills 51.
  • 28 Apr 1978 The President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.
  • 30 Apr 1978 Elvis: The Legend Lives! closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • 17 Apr 1978 Mir Akbar Khyber is assassinated, provoking the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1978?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Night Fever
  2. - Stayin' Alive
  3. - If I Can't Have You
  4. - Lay Down Sally
  5. - Can't Smile Without You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs
  2. - Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring
  3. - I Wonder Why
  4. - Too Much Too Little Too Late
  5. - Denis


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in April 1978?

A Stranger Is Watching by Mary Higgins Clark

A Stranger Is Watching


Ronald Thompson is aware that he didn't kill Nina Peterson... but the state of Connecticut will soon take his life after proving him guilty through due process of law.

Scruples by Judith Krantz



Scruples is the first novel to make publishing history. It's widely regarded as the best novel ever about the extravagant lifestyle of the Beverly Hills boutique owner and its employees.

Whistle by James Jones



Includes "Notes From the Editors" flyer. Brown leather, with gilt decoration on the spine and boards, satin moire endpapers, guided pages, raised bands along spine, and sewn in satin bookmark.

Illusions by Richard Bach



A man places his faith in his biplane's propeller in cloudy airspace between the Illinois cornfields and blue infinity. Richard Bach, a disillusioned writer who is also an itinerant barnstormer, believes that belief is as real and as true as …

The Women'S Room by Marilyn French

The Women'S Room


The bestseller of twenty-one million copies is now available again for a new generation. First published in 1977, The Women's Room was an original novel that explored the inner lives and experiences of women.