November 1978 calendar

November 1978

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of November 1978?


  • 01 Nov 1978 New York Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 02 Nov 1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31.
  • 03 Nov 1978 Dominica gains independence from the UK and adopts constitution
  • 04 Nov 1978 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, and Darrell Evans, available
  • 05 Nov 1978 Khomeini followers attack British embassy / El Al office in Iran
  • 06 Nov 1978 Iranian general Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • 07 Nov 1978 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • 09 Nov 1978 Tanzania recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 10 Nov 1978 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 11 Nov 1978 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom succeeded Ibrahim Nasir as the president of the Republic of Maldives. He has since been re-elected for six consecutive 5-year terms.
  • 12 Nov 1978 Platinum opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • 15 Nov 1978 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • 16 Nov 1978 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its first draft.
  • 17 Nov 1978 Gerald Lascelles (under English Princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
  • 18 Nov 1978 In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
  • 19 Nov 1978 The first U.S. Take Back the Night march occurs in San Francisco.
  • 21 Nov 1978 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • 25 Nov 1978 American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago, kills 275.
  • 26 Nov 1978 1st lesbian theme TV movie - Question of Love
  • 27 Nov 1978 Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 183
  • 28 Nov 1978 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma
  • 29 Nov 1978 United Nations observes "international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people," boycotted by US and about 20 other countries.
  • 30 Nov 1978 Publication of ''The Times'' is suspended due to labor problems until November 13, 1979.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • American cultural anthropologist who made six South Sea sojourns to study cultural conditioning.

  • American city government official who was shot and killed in San Francisco along with Mayor George Moscone.

  • French screen/stage/tv actor.

  • American construction artist, the creator of metal, wire and blowtorch decorator screens used in office buildings, churches, airports and...

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vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - You Needed Me
  2. - MacArthur Park
  3. - You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  4. - Double Vision
  5. - Reminiscing

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Rat Trap
  2. - Mary's Boy Child
  3. - Summer Nights
  4. - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
  5. - Hopelessly Devoted To You


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

Directed by: Erik Balling

Starring: Jørgen Buckhøj, Buster Larsen, Ghita Nørby, Malene Schwartz

Country: Denmark

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Country: United States of America

Hababam Sinifi Dokuz Doguruyor

Hababam Sinifi Dokuz Doguruyor

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Kartal Tibet

Starring: Münir Özkul, Adile Nasit, Sener Sen, Perran Kutman

Orchestra Rehearsal

Orchestra Rehearsal

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Balduin Baas, Clara Colosimo, Elizabeth Labi, Ronaldo Bonacchi

Same Time, Next Year

Same Time, Next Year

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Starring: Alan Alda, Ellen Burstyn, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby

Country: United States of America


Which were the most popular books released in November 1978?
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Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

Mommie Dearest


Mommie Dearest, a memoir and expose by Christina Crawford (adopted daughter of Joan Crawford), is written by Christina Crawford. The book depicts Christina's childhood as well as her relationship with her mother.

Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet



This collector's edition celebrates the 35th anniversary celebrations of Gnomes, a delightful classic.

Pure And Simple by Marian Burros

Pure And Simple


Cooking from scratch yields delicious recipes that are better tasting, healthier, and easier to prepare than using pre-made products.

Wifey by Judy Blume



With over four million copies sold, Wifey by Judy Blume is a hilarious and moving story about a woman who gives up her traditional wifely duties to pursue her wildest fantasies. She also learns a lot.

The Empty Copper Sea by John D. MacDonald

The Empty Copper Sea


The Empty Copper Sea, a classic crime novel by a beloved author of crime fiction, features Travis McGee, a hard-boiled detective who lives in a houseboat.