Events in year of 1978

  • 01-01Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
  • 01-01President Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
  • 01-02Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
  • 01-03Chandrasekar takes 6-52 and 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
  • 01-061st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp)
  • 01-06US hand over St. Stephan crown to Hungary
  • 01-07Angola revises its constitution
  • 01-09Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • 01-10Soyuz 27 carring 2 Cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
  • 01-11Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
  • 01-11Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 and Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
  • 01-15Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE and Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • 01-15Theodore Bundy kills Florida State University coeds Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman
  • 01-165th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and C Twitty
  • 01-16Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
  • 01-18Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, vs. Pakistan Karachi
  • 01-18Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)
  • 01-19Eddie Mathews elected to Hall of Fame
  • 01-19Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI
  • 01-20Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
  • 01-23Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
  • 01-23NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • 01-2431st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • 01-24Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036)
  • 01-25Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin and $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • 01-26Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
  • 01-26International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit
  • 01-26Mario Soares forms Portuguese government
  • 01-26Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
  • 01-28"Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

People born in year of 1978

  • 01-06Steve Hartsell: Ann Arbor, Michigan -- Pairs skater (with Danielle Hartsell)
  • 01-08Petra Minarova: Miss Czech Republic Universe (1997)
  • 01-17Irina A Borisova: Miss Universe - Ukraine (1996)
  • 01-25Christine Lakin: Actress (Alicia Lambert-Step by Step)
  • 01-25Mandy Carraway: Miss Kansas Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-26Reesa Starr, Jr.
  • 01-28Helga Bauer Salas: Miss Bolivia Universe (1997)
  • 01-30Lnd Girchoukevitch: NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics - 1998)
  • 02-02Annabel Ellwood: Canberra, Australia -- Tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • 02-04Laurence Borremans: Miss Belgium Universe (1997)
  • 02-05Kristina Cherina: Miss Croatia Universe (1997)
  • 02-08Christa Williams: Houston, Texas -- Softball pitcher (1996 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 02-14Laurie Schwoy: Soccer forward (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-16Caroline Hunt: Chicago, Illinois -- Rhythmic gymnast (US team-96)
  • 02-20Andrea Moody: Abbotsford, British Columbia -- 4X100 swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-23Karolina Rantamaki: Ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics - 1998)
  • 02-24Louise Woodward: ELton, England -- Nanny who killed Matthew Eappen
  • 02-28Marissa Perez: Miss Connecticut Teen USA (1996)
  • 03-03Carol Aquino: Miss Guatemala Universe (1997)
  • 03-03Douglas Osmond: Provo, Utah -- Vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • 03-05Kimberly McCullough: California, United States -- Actress (Robin- General Hospital)
  • 03-12Cristina Teuscher: New Rochelle, New York -- 4X200m freestyle (1996 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 03-12Tara Mounsey: Ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics - 1998)
  • 03-18Dionne Bainbridge: Brisbane, Queensland -- NZ 200m swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-28Nafisa Joseph: Miss India Universe (1997)
  • 03-30Wendy Christina Roberts: Miss South Carolina Teen USA (1996)
  • 04-04Irene Skliva: Athens, Greece -- Miss World (1996)
  • 04-07Siobhan Drake-Brockman: Bunbury, Australia -- Tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)
  • 04-10Jessica Davis: Greenbrae, California -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics - 27th Place)
  • 04-11Victor Sikora: Soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)

People died in year of 1978

  • 01-04Willem Bruynzeel: Dutch timber / lumber / wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • 01-06John D MacArthur: US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • 01-10John D Rockefeller III: US billionaire / philanthropist, dies at 71
  • 01-10Zeb Turner: Country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • 01-11Michael Bates: Actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • 01-13Hubert Humphrey: (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minnesota
  • 01-13Joseph V McCarthy: Baseball manager (New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • 01-14Blossom Rock: Actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • 01-14Robert Heger: Composer, dies at 91
  • 01-15Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy: Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • 01-18Carl Betz: Actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 67
  • 01-18Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky: Composer, dies at 68
  • 01-23Jack Oakie: Actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74
  • 01-23Terry Kath: Rock guitarist (Chicago), accidently shot in head at 32
  • 01-25Tango Duke: Dies in Australia at 42 as the oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • 01-27Marguerite Canal: Composer, dies at 87
  • 01-27Oscar Homolka: Actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79
  • 01-29Tim McCoy: Actor (Arizona Bound), dies at 86
  • 02-02Wendy Barrie: TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 02-04Bergen Evans: English Professor ($64, 000 Question), dies at 73
  • 02-05Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor: Dutch Historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • 02-05Frans van Immerseel: Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 02-09Kimberly Leach: Killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City, Florida at 12
  • 02-11James B Conant: Headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • 02-15Ilka Chase: Actress (Masquerade Party), dies at 72
  • 02-18Charlotte Greenwood: Actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • 02-18Derrick De Marney: Actor (Inheritance, Projected Man), dies at 71
  • 02-18Maggie McNamara: Actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
  • 02-22Phyllis McGinley: US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • 02-25Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr.: Retired Air Force General, dies at 58

Events in year of 1979

  • 01-01International Year of the Child begins
  • 01-01Jura, 26th canton of Switzerland, established
  • 01-01US and China (Peoples Republic) begin diplomatic relations
  • 01-0230th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs. Vancouver
  • 01-02Gavaskar gets twin tons for India for the third time (vs. West Indies)
  • 01-07Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
  • 01-08512 die as oil tanker Bantry Bay blows up
  • 01-08Argentina and Chile sign Beagle Canal accord
  • 01-08Today Show gets a new theme song
  • 01-08Vietnamese troops overtook Khmer Rouge and occupy Phnom Penh
  • 01-09Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • 01-09High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws
  • 01-09Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
  • 01-101st brother Billy Carter makes allegedly anti-Semitic remarks
  • 01-10Entertainer of the Year Awards
  • 01-11"Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances
  • 01-126th American Music Award: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win
  • 01-12Record blizzard struck midwest killing over 100
  • 01-13Charlie Daniels hosts Volunteer Jam
  • 01-16Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi of Iran flees Iran for Egypt
  • 01-17Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi flees Iran
  • 01-18Peter Jenkins finishes "A Walk Across America" Florence, Oregon
  • 01-19John N Mitchell (former AG) released on parole from federal prison
  • 01-21Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)
  • 01-21Price of gold increases to record $875 troy oz
  • 01-21Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 01-23Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 01-2522.2-km Oshimizu railroad tunnel holed through, central Honshu, Japan
  • 01-26Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • 01-2736th Golden Globes: Midnight Express, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda

People born in year of 1979

  • 01-05Sarah Price: Miss Louisiana Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-08Sarah Polley: Actress (Sweet Hereafter)
  • 01-08Sequoyah: Chimpanzee (son of Washoe)
  • 01-09Lavinia Magruder: Miss Vermont Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-10Chris H E Smith [Daddy Mack]: Atlanta, Georgia -- Rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up)
  • 01-12Jenny Schmidgall: Ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics - 1998)
  • 01-21Kelly Gaudet: Miss Florida Teen USA (1996)
  • 01-22Melanie Winiger: Miss Switzerland Universe (1997)
  • 01-27Jessica Lynn Ferdinand: Miss New York Teen USA (1997)
  • 01-30Karen Smith: Australian field hockey midfielder / halfback (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-02Brandee Dawn McCoskey: Miss Alaska Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-02Lindsay Langston: Modesto, California -- Archer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-02Petra Cada: Prague, Czechoslovakia -- Canadian table tennis player (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-07Cerina Vincent: Miss Nevada Teen USA (1996)
  • 02-08Tara Tucker: Miss Alabama Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-13Julie Nagle: Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-15Kaj-Erik Eriksen: Actor (Quarantine)
  • 02-16Emma Louise DeSilets: Miss Washington Teen USA (1997)
  • 02-18Julia Greville: Perth, Western Australia -- Swimmer (1996 Olympics)
  • 02-22David Lopez: Queens, New York -- Actor (and God Created Women, Ghostwriter)
  • 02-28Virginia Ledgerwood: Chester, Virginia -- Rhythmic gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 03-22Mariah Leanne Bergmann: Miss Kansas Teen USA (1997)
  • 03-26Heidi Zeigler: Actress (Sherry-Just the 10 of Us)
  • 03-28Juli Keech: Miss South Dakota Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-03Esmeralda Gonzales: Miss Wyoming Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-04Charles Butler: Salt Lake City, Utah -- Dance skater (with Joseph - 1997 National)
  • 04-04Rebecca Stoyel: South Australia, Australia -- Gymnast (1996 Olympics)
  • 04-06Ali Burr: Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1997)
  • 04-06Frederick MGDL Windsor: Son of English Prince Michael
  • 04-13Monica Ivey: Miss Hawaii Teen USA (1996)

People died in year of 1979

  • 01-03Conrad Hilton: US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • 01-05Charles Mingus: US jazz bassist / Composer / orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • 01-07Zbigniew Turski: Composer, dies at 70
  • 01-09Avery Claflin: Composer, dies at 80
  • 01-09Sara Carter: Vocalist / guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • 01-11Jack Soo: Actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
  • 01-13Donny Hathaway: Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 01-16Fred Elizalde: Composer, dies at 71
  • 01-16Ted Cassidy: Actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46
  • 01-18Cyril Mockridge: Composer, dies at 82
  • 01-19Paul Meurisse: Actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle)
  • 01-22Ali Hassan Salameh [Abu Hassan]: Killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 01-24Jerry Damon: Comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • 01-24Mabel Taliaferro: Actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • 01-25J Robertson Hare: Actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • 01-26Nelson Rockefeller: Former VP and (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70
  • 02-01Mort Marshall: Actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • 02-03Jody Gilbert: Actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite)
  • 02-06Alain Teister: Dutch Sculptor / writer, dies at 47
  • 02-07Josef Mengele: Concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • 02-08Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov: Russian poet, dies at 82
  • 02-12Jean Renoir: French writer / director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • 02-14Adolph Dubs: US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • 02-15Alex Bradford: Actor / Composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 02-15Mehdi Rahimi: Iran General / Military, Governor of Teheran, executed
  • 02-16Louise Allbritton: Actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • 02-16Nematullah Nassiri: Iran General / head of Savak, executed
  • 02-17William Gargan: Actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • 02-21Ray Whitley: Composer
  • 02-28Jane Hylton: English actress (Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52