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
  • 04 May 1978 The South African Defence Force attacks a SWAPO base at Cassinga in southern Angola, killing about 600 people.
vinyl songs

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?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1978?

Pulling Your Own Strings by Wayne W. Dyer

Pulling Your Own Strings


Wayne W. Dyer explains how we can all prevent being victimized by others and start operating from the centre of our power

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Amityville Horror


The Lutz family moved into their new Long Island home in suburban Long Island in December 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz were aware that Ronald DeFeo had murdered his brothers and parents one year prior.

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.

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.

Kalki by Gore Vidal



Gore Vidal's metaphysical thriller is about a cult that seeks to end the world.