Near the end of the “Disco Decade,” 1978 gave the world many important cultural developments.
In April of this year, the 50th Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles, California. Hosted by Bob Hope, Annie Hall won Best Picture, with Star Wars winning Best Original Score and winning many other technical awards. This was also the year that Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, was released in theatres. 1978 was also the year that another important film, Superman, starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, made its debut in theatres.
In a curious development, the remains of Charlie Chaplin were stolen from Chaplin’s resting place in Coster-sur-Vevey, Switzerland in March of 1978. The body was held for ransom, extorting Chaplin’s widow, Oona Chaplin. Police caught the thieves in May and the body of Charlie Chaplin was returned to the original resting place, although the grave was obviously reinforced for security purposes.
There were some major scientific advances made this year as well. In June, Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet, Pluto, was discovered. The following month, the first “test tube” baby was born in the United Kingdom. The impact of this reproductive technology gave humanity an unprecedented means of manipulating the natural world and would affect millions of lives around the world.
In two notable political developments, the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt were signed at the U.S. presidential retreat in Maryland. This laid the groundwork for the 1970 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, a significant step towards peace in the region. In Europe, the newly approved Spanish Constitution of 1978 restored democratic government to the Spanish people.
This was also the year that Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla succeeded Pope John Paul I, taking the name John Paul II. Pope John Paul II would minister for many years until his passing in 2005.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1978 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
- Bee Gees - Night Fever
- Taste Of Honey, A - Boogie Oogie Oogie
- Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing
- Exile - Kiss You All Over
- Andy Gibb - (Love Is) Thicker Than Water
- Commodores - Three Times A Lady
- Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
- Barry Manilow - Can't Smile Without You
- Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Boney M - Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring
- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - You're The One That I Want
- Clout - Substitute
- John Travolta - Sandy
- Father Abraham & The Smurfs - The Smurf Song
- John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Summer Nights
- Blondie - Denis
- Abba - Take A Chance On Me
- Darts - Come Back My Love
- Althia & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Which were the most popular books released in 1978 ?
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1978 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1978
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1978