1978: On This Year


1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1978th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1978 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1978 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1978, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1978, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1978, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1978, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1978.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1978 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1978 known for ?

  • 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.

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1978: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1978, during the 51st Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 09/04/1979 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1978:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1978?

The Deer Hunter
The Oscar for Best Movie went to The Deer Hunter, directed by Michael Cimino, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1978?

The Deer Hunter
The Oscar for Best Director went to Michael Cimino, for the movie The Deer Hunter, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1978?

Coming Home
The Oscar for Best Actor went to Jon Voight, for the movie Coming Home, starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1978?

Coming Home
The Oscar for Best Actress went to Jane Fonda, for the movie Coming Home, starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1978?

The Deer Hunter
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Christopher Walken, for the movie The Deer Hunter, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1978?

California Suite
The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Maggie Smith, for the movie California Suite, starring Jane Fonda, Alan Alda, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine produced in the .
world population

1978: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Deng Xiaoping
In 1978, Deng Xiaoping was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. China's Vice Premier. Deng overthrew Hua Guofeng to assume de facto control over China in 1978, as Paramount Leader.

1978: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1978 were:

The Complete Book Of Running by James F. Fixx

The Complete Book Of Running


This article discusses the psychological benefits of running. It also addresses self-esteem and how running can help you cope with tension and pressure.

The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden

The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady


This facsimile reproduction is of the 1906 naturalist's journal. Edith Holden documented in words and pictures the British countryside's flora, fauna, and changes throughout the year.

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.

All Things Wise And Wonderful by James Herriot

All Things Wise And Wonderful


James Herriot's stories of his life as a Yorkshire veterinarian were loved by readers.

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.

Horse chinese zodiac sign

1978: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1978?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1978 was the Year of the Horse.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Horse sign.

Nobel Prize

1978: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Anwar Sadat

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Pyotr Kapitsa

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Herbert A. Simon

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Menachem Begin

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Peter D. Mitchell

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Daniel Nathans

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Isaac Bashevis Singer

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Robert Woodrow Wilson
  • Arno Allan Penzias

1978: Who won the Nobel Prize in None ?

In 1978 the Nobel Prize in None was awarded to:
  • Werner Arber
  • Hamilton O. Smith
world population

1978: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1978 were Michael, Jason and Christopher for boys and Jennifer, Melissa and Jessica for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1978: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1978 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Jason
  • Christopher
  • David
  • James
  • Matthew
  • John
  • Robert
  • Brian
  • Joseph

1978: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1978 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jennifer
  • Melissa
  • Jessica
  • Amy
  • Heather
  • Amanda
  • Angela
  • Sarah
  • Michelle
  • Nicole

vinyl songs

1978: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1978, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees

1978: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1978 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Stayin' Alive by Bee Gees
  2. Night Fever by Bee Gees
  3. Boogie Oogie Oogie by Taste Of Honey, A
  4. Shadow Dancing by Andy Gibb
  5. Kiss You All Over by Exile
  6. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water by Andy Gibb
  7. Three Times A Lady by Commodores
  8. Lay Down Sally by Eric Clapton
  9. Can't Smile Without You by Barry Manilow
  10. If I Can't Have You by Yvonne Elliman

1978: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1978, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring by Boney M

1978: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1978 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring by Boney M
  2. You're The One That I Want by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  3. Substitute by Clout
  4. Sandy by John Travolta
  5. The Smurf Song by Father Abraham & The Smurfs
  6. Summer Nights by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  7. Denis by Blondie
  8. Take A Chance On Me by Abba
  9. Come Back My Love by Darts
  10. Uptown Top Ranking by Althia & Donna

1978: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1978 were:



Release year: 1978

Directed by: Erik Balling

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

Country: Denmark

Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole of the Bailey

Release year: 1978

Starring: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Release year: 1978

Starring: Joe Thomas, Bobby Thong

Country: Japan

Autumn Sonata

Autumn Sonata

Release year: 1978

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Country: United States of America

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small

Release year: 1978

Starring: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Lynda Bellingham

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

world population

1978: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1978 was 4,304,533,501 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 39.0% of the total population, which is roughly 1.7 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1978 was an increase of +74.9 million people, representing a percentage increase of +1.77% over the previous year.The average population density in 1978 was 18 persons per square mile (or 29 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1978?

Here's what happened in 1978:

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


What does the year 1978 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1978 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 79th year of the 20th century and the 8th year of the 1970s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1977 and precedes 1979.

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