May 1978 calendar

May 1978

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1978?


  • 01 May 1978 1st black Mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • 02 May 1978 NBA championship: Portland Trail Blazers win in four games.
  • 03 May 1978 Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II.
  • 04 May 1978 Russian President Brezhnev visits West Germany.
  • 05 May 1978 Norway opens a natural gas field in the Polar Sea.
  • 06 May 1978 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2.
  • 08 May 1978 ABC TV airs Stars Salute Israel at 30
  • 09 May 1978 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 10 May 1978 Angel opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 11 May 1978 Margaret A Brewer is first female general in the US Marine Corps.
  • 12 May 1978 US Commerce Department announces that hurricane names will no longer be exclusively female.
  • 13 May 1978 Angel closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 14 May 1978 Working opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 15 May 1978 Students of the University of Tehran riot in Tabriz the army stops the riot.
  • 17 May 1978 Lee Lacy hits record third consecutive pinch-hit homerun.
  • 18 May 1978 Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work.
  • 19 May 1978 May 20 ampndash French Foreign Legion paratroopers land in Kolwezi, Zaire, to rescue Europeans in the middle of a civil war.
  • 20 May 1978 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces first global radar map of Venus.
  • 21 May 1978 Yamada Mumon Roshi is appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect.
  • 22 May 1978 Exiled leaders Ahmed Abdallah and Mohammed Ahmed return to the Comoros.
  • 23 May 1978 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 24 May 1978 Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect.
  • 25 May 1978 Star Wars released
  • 26 May 1978 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • 28 May 1978 Al Unser became 5th to win Indianapolis 500, 3 times
  • 29 May 1978 1st class postage now 15 cents

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Music charts

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

  1. - Night Fever
  2. - If I Can't Have You
  3. - With A Little Luck
  4. - The Closer I Get To You
  5. - Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring
  2. - Night Fever
  3. - The Boy From New York City
  4. - Too Much Too Little Too Late
  5. - Automatic Lover


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Release year: 1978

Directed by: Chandra Barot

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Iftekhar

Midnight Express

Midnight Express

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Alan Parker

Starring: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Country: United States of America

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett

Big Wednesday

Big Wednesday

Release year: 1978

Directed by: John Milius

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey, Patti D'Arbanville



Release year: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

Starring: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau


Which were the most popular books released in May 1978?
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The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams

The Plague Dogs


This book will be loved by thousands and even millions of people! "THE BOSTON GLOBEA lyrical tale by Richard Adams, the author of WATERSHIP DOWN. This engrossing tale is a remarkable journey.

The World According To Garp by John Irving

The World According To Garp


20th Anniversary Edition with a new Afterword by the author. This is the story of T. S.

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.

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 Only Investment Guide You'Ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

The Only Investment Guide You'Ll Ever Need


Over thirty years, The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need has been a popular finance guide that has won the loyalty of over a million people across the United States.