December 1978 calendar

December 1978

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

But much more happened on December 1978: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1978?


  • 01 Dec 1978 US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size.
  • 03 Dec 1978 King of Hearts closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 04 Dec 1978 Dianne Feinstein is named SF 1st female mayor
  • 05 Dec 1978 Phillies Pete Rose becomes highest paid baseball player
  • 06 Dec 1978 Spain adopts constitution.
  • 09 Dec 1978 Pioneer Venus 2 drops five probes into atmosphere of Venus.
  • 10 Dec 1978 Platinum closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 11 Dec 1978 Six masked men bind ten employees at Lufthansa cargo area at New York Kennedy Airport and make off with US$5.8 million in cash and jewelry.
  • 13 Dec 1978 Susan B Anthony dollar, 1st US coin to honor a woman, issued
  • 14 Dec 1978 Ballroom opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • 15 Dec 1978 Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James.
  • 16 Dec 1978 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China.
  • 17 Dec 1978 Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda.
  • 18 Dec 1978 Dominica joins the United Nations.
  • 19 Dec 1978 Indira Gandhi ambushed in India.
  • 20 Dec 1978 Harry R Haldeman, President Richard Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail.
  • 21 Dec 1978 Broadway Musical opens / closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 22 Dec 1978 Thailand adopts constitution.
  • 25 Dec 1978 Vietnam launches a major offensive against the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
  • 27 Dec 1978 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of fascist dictatorship.
  • 28 Dec 1978 30th hat trick in New York Islanders' history (Mike Bossy).
  • 29 Dec 1978 Spain constitution goes into effect.
  • 30 Dec 1978 King & I closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 31 Dec 1978 Magic Show closes at Cort Theater in New York City after 1859 performances.
  • 06 Dec 1978 Spain ratifies the Spanish Constitution of 1978 in a referendum.
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Music charts

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

  1. - You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  2. - Le Freak
  3. - MacArthur Park
  4. - Too Much Heaven
  5. - How Much I Feel

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mary's Boy Child
  2. - Mull Of Kintyre / Girl's School
  3. - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  4. - Floral Dance
  5. - YMCA


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 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 …

The Teamsters by Steven Brill

The Teamsters


Stevens, The by Brill Teamsters

The Ann Landers Encyclopedia A To Z by Ann Landers

The Ann Landers Encyclopedia A To Z


Classic Ann Landers self-help: Covers all topics: social, sexual, and medical. Vol. Vol.

Thursday The Rabbi Walked Out by Harry Kemelman

Thursday The Rabbi Walked Out


Rabbi Small must defend his congregation from false accusations in this New York Times bestseller Barnard's Crossing. Massachusetts is flourishing after a vicious anti-Semite was murdered.

A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

A Distant Mirror


Barbara W. Tuchman, the acclaimed author of The Guns of August, won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. She once again uses her gifts for character, history and sparkling prose to create an amazing portrait of medieval life.