1978

Near the end of the “Disco Decade,” 1978 gave the world many important cultural developments.

1978

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.

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Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 51st edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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

Country: United States of America

Best director

Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Jon Voight

Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Jane Fonda

Coming Home

Coming Home

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Christopher Walken

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Maggie Smith

California Suite

California Suite

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Starring: Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine

Books

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The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Amityville Horror

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In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers,

All Things Wise And Wonderful by James Herriot

All Things Wise And Wonderful

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Readers adored James Herriot's tales of his life as a Yorkshire animal doctor in All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Gnomes by Rien Poortvliet

Gnomes

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The delightful classic Gnomes has been repackaged in this exceptional collector's edition to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this magical book.

Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon

Bloodline

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Sheldon's sweeping saga of greed and betrayal, sabotage and danger, and the ties that can kill...Roffe and Sons is a family firm, an international empire filled with desperate, cash-hungry family members.

The Women'S Room by Marilyn French

The Women'S Room

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The twenty-one-million copy bestseller-available again for a new generation of readers Originally published in 1977, The Women's Room was a novel that-for the first time-expressed the inner lives of women who

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 1978


Peace Prize

  • Anwar Sadat
  • Menachem Begin

Literature

  • Isaac Bashevis Singer

Physics

  • Pyotr Kapitsa
  • Arno Allan Penzias
  • Robert Woodrow Wilson

Economic Sciences

  • Herbert A. Simon

Chemistry

  • Peter D. Mitchell

Physiology or Medicine

  • Werner Arber
  • Daniel Nathans
  • Hamilton O. Smith

Movies

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Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk

Country: United States of America

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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

Country: United States of America

Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven

Directed by: Terrence Malick

Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

Country: United States of America

Halloween

Halloween

Directed by: John Carpenter

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Country: United States of America

Trishul

Trishul

Directed by: Yash Chopra

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Popular names

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world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 1978


Population statistics

  • Total population: 4.3 billion (4,304,533,501 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 1.7 billion, that is 39.0% of the total population of 1978 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +74.9 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.77%
  • Average density: 29.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1978?


Events

  • 01 Jan President Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • 02 Jan Rhino Records releases their first album "Wildmania".
  • 03 Jan Chandrasekar takes 6-52 and 6-52 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Indian innings win.
  • 04 Jan A referendum in Chile supports the policies of Augusto Pinochet.
  • 05 Jan Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (42nd government)
  • 06 Jan USA hands over Saint Stephan crown to Hungary.
  • 07 Jan Angola revises its constitution.
  • 08 Jan Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
  • 09 Jan Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established.
  • 10 Jan Soyuz 27 carring 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • 11 Jan Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 and Soyuz 26 (first time three spacecraft link).
  • 14 Jan January 15 ampndash The body of former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, following his death from cancer.
  • 15 Jan Theodore Bundy kills Florida State University coeds Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman
  • 16 Jan Soyuz 27 returns to Earth.
  • 18 Jan Roof of 3-year-old Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut collapses (no injuries).
  • 19 Jan Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 20 Jan Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to Annie
  • 22 Jan Ethiopia declares the ambassador of West Germany Persona non grata.
  • 23 Jan Belgian industrialist Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris, France.
  • 24 Jan Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • 25 Jan Muriel Humphrey (Democrat-Minnesota) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat.
  • 26 Jan Frank Herbert completes his novel Destination: Void
  • 28 Jan Fantasy Island starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
  • 29 Jan Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship.
  • 30 Jan Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 31 Jan Elvis: The Legend Lives! opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances
  • 01 Feb Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp
  • 03 Feb India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445
  • 05 Feb Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free-throws blindfolded.
  • 06 Feb Snowstorm hits New England, parts of RI (54 (137cm))
  • 07 Feb Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert.
  • 08 Feb The proceedings of the United States Senate are first broadcast on radio.
  • 09 Feb Ted Bundy kills Kimberly Leach, age 12, in Lake City, Florida.
  • 10 Feb Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of US Central Intelligence Agency.
  • 11 Feb 16 Unification church couples wed in New York City
  • 12 Feb Jesus Christ Superstar closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 performances
  • 13 Feb US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 14 Feb First "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments.
  • 15 Feb Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 rounds for world heavyweight crown.
  • 16 Feb The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
  • 17 Feb The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
  • 18 Feb The first Ironman Triathlon competition takes place on the island of Oahu, won by Gordon Haller.
  • 19 Feb On the 20th Century opens at St. James Theater NYC for 460 performances
  • 20 Feb Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in New York, to become WWF wrestling champion.
  • 21 Feb Electrical workers in Mexico City find the remains of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in the middle of the city.
  • 22 Feb Two tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tennessee.
  • 23 Feb 20th Grammy Awards: "Hotel California", Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone win.
  • 24 Feb Kevin Porter, New Jersey Nets, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game.
  • 26 Feb Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic.
  • 01 Mar Timbuktu! opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances
  • 02 Mar 1st broadcast of Dallas on CBS TV
  • 04 Mar Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue.
  • 05 Mar Hello, Dolly! opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances
  • 06 Mar Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot and crippled by a sniper in Georgia, USA.
  • 07 Mar Belgian baron Charles Bracht is kidnapped.
  • 08 Mar The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
  • 09 Mar Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk and Karponosov
  • 10 Mar Soyuz 28 returns to Earth.
  • 11 Mar Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, Israel; 45 killed.
  • 12 Mar Eric Heiden skates world record 1000 metre (1:14.99).
  • 13 Mar Moluccans "suicide commandos" occupy Province house.
  • 14 Mar US Marines terminate Molukse action in Province house (one dead).
  • 15 Mar Somalia and Ethiopia signed a truce to end the Ethiopian-Somali War.
  • 16 Mar Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast
  • 17 Mar Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
  • 18 Mar 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, California.
  • 19 Mar Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby / Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 21 Mar The U.S. most comprehensive homosexual rights bill is passed in San Francisco
  • 22 Mar Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm and Market, SF, dedicated
  • 23 Mar US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 24 Mar Wings release With a Little Luck
  • 26 Mar The control tower and some other facilities of New Tokyo International Airport, which was scheduled to open on March 31, are illegally occupied and damaged by terrorist attack by New Left activists, being forced to reschedule its opening date to May 20.
  • 27 Mar Rutles All You Need is Cash is shown on British TV
  • 28 Mar The US Supreme Court hands down 5-3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.
  • 30 Mar History of the American Film opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 31 Mar Wings release London Town album
  • 01 Apr The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
  • 02 Apr TV show Dallas premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
  • 03 Apr 50th Academy Awards - Annie Hall, Rich Dreyfuss and Diane Keaton win.
  • 06 Apr Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inning and 193 to win Ranji Trophy.
  • 07 Apr US President Jimmy Carter defers production of the neutron bomb.
  • 08 Apr Regular radio broadcasts of British Parliament proceedings start.
  • 09 Apr David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA - 73
  • 10 Apr Formation of the Major Indoor Soccer League is announced.
  • 13 Apr Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, and the field is showered
  • 14 Apr WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 15 Apr 43 die as two express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy.
  • 16 Apr History of the American Film closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances
  • 17 Apr Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for Dragons of Eden
  • 18 Apr US Senate votes to turn Panam� Canal over to Panam� on December 31, 1999.
  • 19 Apr Yitzhak Navron elected fifth President of Israel.
  • 20 Apr Korean Airlines flight 007 shot down by Soviets in Russian airspace
  • 22 Apr Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony.
  • 23 Apr Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic.
  • 25 Apr Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • 26 Apr France sends troops to Chad.
  • 27 Apr Accident at nuclear reactor Willow Island, Charleston, West Virginia, kills 51.
  • 28 Apr President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.
  • 30 Apr Elvis: The Legend Lives! closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
  • 01 May 1st black Mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
  • 02 May NBA championship: Portland Trail Blazers win in four games.
  • 03 May Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II.
  • 04 May Russian President Brezhnev visits West Germany.
  • 05 May Norway opens a natural gas field in the Polar Sea.
  • 06 May 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2.
  • 08 May ABC TV airs Stars Salute Israel at 30
  • 09 May Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 10 May Angel opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 11 May Margaret A Brewer is first female general in the US Marine Corps.
  • 12 May US Commerce Department announces that hurricane names will no longer be exclusively female.
  • 13 May Angel closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 14 May Working opens at 46th St. Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 15 May Students of the University of Tehran riot in Tabriz the army stops the riot.
  • 17 May Lee Lacy hits record third consecutive pinch-hit homerun.
  • 18 May Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work.
  • 19 May May 20 ampndash French Foreign Legion paratroopers land in Kolwezi, Zaire, to rescue Europeans in the middle of a civil war.
  • 20 May US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces first global radar map of Venus.
  • 21 May Yamada Mumon Roshi is appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect.
  • 22 May Exiled leaders Ahmed Abdallah and Mohammed Ahmed return to the Comoros.
  • 23 May AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 24 May Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect.
  • 25 May Star Wars released
  • 26 May 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
  • 28 May Al Unser became 5th to win Indianapolis 500, 3 times
  • 29 May 1st class postage now 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
  • 01 Jun High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten
  • 03 Jun Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • 04 Jun Working closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 25 performances
  • 06 Jun Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57 percent.
  • 07 Jun 32nd NBA Championship: Washington Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • 08 Jun 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
  • 09 Jun Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
  • 10 Jun 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8
  • 11 Jun Grease starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John opens
  • 12 Jun US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
  • 13 Jun Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • 14 Jun Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • 15 Jun Belgian government resigns
  • 17 Jun Cheeseburger In Paradise by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
  • 18 Jun 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill Country Club - Denver
  • 19 Jun Best Little Whorehouse... opens at 46th St. NYC for 1577 performances
  • 20 Jun A shootout between Provisional IRA members and the British Army leaves 1 civilian and 3 IRA men dead.
  • 22 Jun Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
  • 23 Jun Panamá recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 25 Jun Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 26 Jun First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
  • 27 Jun Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • 28 Jun Supreme Court orders California medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
  • 29 Jun US Vice President Walter F Mondale begins trip to Mid-East.
  • 30 Jun English Prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz
  • 01 Jul Act closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances
  • 02 Jul Pitcher Ron Guidry sets New York Yankees record of 13-0 start.
  • 03 Jul Establishment Amazon Pact
  • 04 Jul Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • 05 Jul Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan.
  • 06 Jul Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Moslem West Beirut
  • 07 Jul 85th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (26 64 75)
  • 08 Jul Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
  • 09 Jul Hello, Dolly! closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 performances
  • 10 Jul Bloodless military coup in Mauritania
  • 11 Jul 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • 12 Jul Sun Bank Building opens
  • 13 Jul BBC bans Sex Pistols No One is Innocent
  • 14 Jul Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
  • 15 Jul 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St. Andrews
  • 16 Jul Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • 17 Jul New York Yank manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out
  • 18 Jul Egyptian and Israeli officials begin two days of talks.
  • 21 Jul Bolivia milt coup under general Juan Pereda, President Hugo Banzer flees
  • 23 Jul Reggie Jackson returns and helps Yankees win their 5th straight
  • 24 Jul Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after one is a born liar the other a convicted one comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson
  • 25 Jul Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar
  • 26 Jul Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run
  • 27 Jul Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs. Yanks)
  • 28 Jul 600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in New York
  • 29 Jul 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, New York.
  • 30 Jul Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits and NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • 31 Jul Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • 01 Aug Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • 05 Aug New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo).
  • 06 Aug 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont Country Club - Pennsylvania
  • 07 Aug Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
  • 08 Aug Pioneer-Venus 2 with five atmospheric probes launched toward Venus.
  • 09 Aug Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • 10 Aug Three members of the Ulrich family are killed in an accident. This leads to the Ford Pinto litigation.
  • 11 Aug Funeral of Pope Paul VI
  • 12 Aug Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
  • 13 Aug Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
  • 15 Aug House of Reps approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
  • 17 Aug 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
  • 18 Aug Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers and firefighters
  • 19 Aug 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran.
  • 20 Aug Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
  • 21 Aug 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs. US Air Force
  • 22 Aug Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua Nicaragua
  • 23 Aug Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
  • 25 Aug Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
  • 26 Aug Soyuz 31 carries two cosmonauts (one the first East German, Sigmund JShn) to Salyut 6.
  • 27 Aug Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • 29 Aug USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing, New York
  • 31 Aug Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
  • 01 Sep #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid and #8064
  • 02 Sep George Harrison marries Olivia
  • 03 Sep Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
  • 04 Sep Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 05 Sep Sadat, Begin and Carter began peace conference at Camp David, Maryland
  • 06 Sep Begin and Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
  • 07 Sep 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3
  • 08 Sep 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2
  • 09 Sep 3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0
  • 10 Sep Timbuktu! closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • 11 Sep U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords a framework for peace between Israel and Egypt and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
  • 12 Sep Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba
  • 13 Sep 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
  • 14 Sep Portugal government of Da Costa falls
  • 15 Sep Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
  • 16 Sep 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran
  • 17 Sep 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner and Sada Thompson win
  • 18 Sep Leaders of Israel and Egypt reach a settlement for the Middle East at Camp David.
  • 19 Sep The Solomon Islands join the United Nations.
  • 20 Sep Eubie! opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances
  • 22 Sep Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit.
  • 23 Sep 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome President Anwar Sadat home from Camp David summit.
  • 24 Sep Donna Caponi Young / Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic
  • 25 Sep PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727-214, collides in mid-air with a Cessna 172 and crashes in San Diego, California, resulting in the deaths of 144 people.
  • 26 Sep New York District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • 27 Sep The last Forest Brother guerilla movement fighter is discovered and killed in Estonia.
  • 28 Sep Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as Premier of South Africa
  • 29 Sep Flying High, debuts on CBS
  • 30 Sep Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
  • 01 Oct Comoros adopts constitution
  • 02 Oct Syrian and Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • 03 Oct Gold hits record US$223.50 an ounce in London, England.
  • 04 Oct Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
  • 05 Oct Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • 06 Oct Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of US university (Chic)
  • 07 Oct LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • 08 Oct Ken Warby set the world water speed record at 514 kph (319.627 mph).
  • 09 Oct 12th Country Music Association Award
  • 10 Oct British pop magazine Smash Hits, 1st published
  • 11 Oct Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
  • 12 Oct Sid Vicious charged in murder of girlfriend Nancyh Spungen
  • 13 Oct Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yanks win next 4
  • 14 Oct New York Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st and deflects the ball away
  • 15 Oct Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
  • 16 Oct Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon
  • 17 Oct New York Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • 18 Oct 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance
  • 20 Oct Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
  • 21 Oct Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
  • 22 Oct King of Hearts opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • 23 Oct CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • 24 Oct Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • 25 Oct Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)
  • 26 Oct Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
  • 27 Oct Begin and Sadat win Nobel Peace prize
  • 28 Oct Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)
  • 30 Oct Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • 31 Oct Iranian oil workers go on strike
  • 01 Nov New York Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
  • 02 Nov Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31.
  • 03 Nov Dominica gains independence from the UK and adopts constitution
  • 04 Nov 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, and Darrell Evans, available
  • 05 Nov Khomeini followers attack British embassy / El Al office in Iran
  • 06 Nov Iranian general Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
  • 07 Nov Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • 09 Nov Tanzania recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • 10 Nov Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 11 Nov 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 Platinum opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances
  • 15 Nov Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • 16 Nov Major Indoor Soccer League holds its first draft.
  • 17 Nov Gerald Lascelles (under English Princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
  • 18 Nov 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 The first U.S. Take Back the Night march occurs in San Francisco.
  • 21 Nov Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • 25 Nov American Airlines DC-10 crashes on takeoff from Chicago, kills 275.
  • 26 Nov 1st lesbian theme TV movie - Question of Love
  • 27 Nov Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 183
  • 28 Nov 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)
  • 29 Nov United Nations observes "international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people," boycotted by US and about 20 other countries.
  • 30 Nov Publication of ''The Times'' is suspended due to labor problems until November 13, 1979.
  • 01 Dec US President Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size.
  • 03 Dec King of Hearts closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 04 Dec Dianne Feinstein is named SF 1st female mayor
  • 05 Dec Phillies Pete Rose becomes highest paid baseball player
  • 06 Dec Spain adopts constitution.
  • 09 Dec Pioneer Venus 2 drops five probes into atmosphere of Venus.
  • 10 Dec Platinum closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • 11 Dec 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 Susan B Anthony dollar, 1st US coin to honor a woman, issued
  • 14 Dec Ballroom opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • 15 Dec Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James.
  • 16 Dec Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China.
  • 17 Dec Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda.
  • 18 Dec Dominica joins the United Nations.
  • 19 Dec Indira Gandhi ambushed in India.
  • 20 Dec Harry R Haldeman, President Richard Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail.
  • 21 Dec Broadway Musical opens / closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, New York City
  • 22 Dec Thailand adopts constitution.
  • 25 Dec Vietnam launches a major offensive against the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
  • 27 Dec Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.
  • 28 Dec 30th hat trick in New York Islanders' history (Mike Bossy).
  • 29 Dec Spain constitution goes into effect.
  • 30 Dec King & I closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • 31 Dec Magic Show closes at Cort Theater in New York City after 1859 performances.