August 1978 calendar

August 1978

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1978: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1978?


  • 01 Aug 1978 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • 05 Aug 1978 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo).
  • 06 Aug 1978 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 07 Aug 1978 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • 08 Aug 1978 Pioneer-Venus 2 with five atmospheric probes launched toward Venus.
  • 09 Aug 1978 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • 10 Aug 1978 Three members of the Ulrich family are killed in an accident. This leads to the Ford Pinto litigation.
  • 11 Aug 1978 Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • 12 Aug 1978 Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • 13 Aug 1978 Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • 15 Aug 1978 House of Reps approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • 17 Aug 1978 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon
  • 18 Aug 1978 Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers and firefighters
  • 19 Aug 1978 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran.
  • 20 Aug 1978 Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k
  • 21 Aug 1978 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs. US Air Force
  • 22 Aug 1978 Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua Nicaragua
  • 23 Aug 1978 Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 25 Aug 1978 Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • 26 Aug 1978 Soyuz 31 carries two cosmonauts (one the first East German, Sigmund JShn) to Salyut 6.
  • 27 Aug 1978 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • 29 Aug 1978 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing, New York
  • 31 Aug 1978 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • 13 Aug 1978 One hundred fifty Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Miss You
  2. - Three Times A Lady
  3. - Grease
  4. - Last Dance
  5. - Boogie Oogie Oogie

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - You're The One That I Want
  2. - Three Times A Lady
  3. - Dreadlock Holiday
  4. - Substitute
  5. - Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1978?

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 …

Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon



Sheldon's epic tale of greed and betrayal and sabotage and danger and the ties which can kill...Roffe and Sons, a family business, is an international empire full of desperate, cash-hungry relatives.

Eye Of The Needle by Ken Follett

Eye Of The Needle


The global phenomenon created by Edge of Eternity's author. His code name was "The Needle". He was a German aristocrat of exceptional intelligence, a master spy with a history of violence.

Evergreen by Belva Plain



Anna Friedman is a modern classic of passion, ambition and determination that forever changed how we view the brave immigrants who arrived on American shores. The story of Anna Friedman captures the turbulent emotions of the people.

The Complete Book Of Running by James F. Fixx

The Complete Book Of Running


This article discusses the psychological benefits of running. It also addresses self-esteem and how running can help you cope with tension and pressure.