1978 in History – What happened in year 1978

In history, year 1978 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1978.

Know what happened in 1978:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
07 AugustTwo years after the discovery of toxic waste that had beennegligently disposed of, U.S. President Jimmy Carter declared a federalhealth emergency in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, NewYork.
08 March BBC Radio 4 transmitted the first episode of English author and dramatist Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a science fiction radio series that was later adapted into novels, a television series, and other media formats.
16 March Former Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Rome by Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades.
16 OctoberKarol Józef Wojtyla, a cardinal from Kraków, Poland, becamePope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope since the 16th centuryand the first ever from a Slavic country.
19 JuneGarfield, created by American cartoonist Jim Davis, made itsdebut, eventually becoming one of the world's most widely syndicatedcomic strips.
25 July Louise Brown, the world's first baby conceived through in vitrofertilisation, was born in Oldham, England.
26 March Four days before the scheduled opening of Japan's Narita International Airport , a group of protesters destroyed much of the equipment in the control tower with Molotov cocktails.
27 November San Francisco mayor George Moscone and openly gay supervisorHarvey Milk were assassinated by supervisor Dan White.
28 September Pope John Paul I died only 33 days after his papal election dueto an apparent myocardial infarction, resulting in the most recent Yearof Three Popes.
27 NovemberThe Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been in conflict withTurkey over the formation of an autonomous Kurdish state, was founded.
08 SeptemberIranian Revolution-After the government of the Shah of Irandeclared martial law in response to protests, the Iranian Army shot andkilled at least 88 demonstrators in Tehran on Black Friday.
17 SeptemberEgyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime MinisterMenachem Begin (both pictured with Jimmy Carter) signed the Camp DavidAccords after twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David.
06 JulyA sleeping car train at Taunton, England, caught fire, killing12 people and causing British Rail to install state-of-the art fireprevention measures.
25 JulyTwo Puerto Rican pro-independence activists were killed bypolice at Cerro Maravilla in Villalba.
25 JuneThe rainbow flag representing gay pride first flew in the SanFrancisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
14 AprilThousands of Georgians demonstrated in Tbilisi against anattempt by the Supreme Soviet of the Georgian SSR to change theconstitutional status of the Georgian language.
20 AprilSoviet fighters shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 902 after itviolated Soviet airspace.
14 March Israeli–Lebanese conflict-The Israel Defense Forces beganOperation Litani, invading and occupying southern Lebanon, and pushingPLO troops north up to the Litani River.
19 March In response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the UnitedNations called on Israel to immediately withdraw its forces fromLebanon, and established the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
26 March Four days before the scheduled opening of Japan's NaritaInternational Airport (pictured), a group of protesters destroyed muchof the equipment in the control tower with Molotov cocktails.
13 FebruaryA bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, the site ofthe Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, killing three people andinjuring eleven others.
17 FebruaryThe Troubles-The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated abomb at the La Mon restaurant near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
24 JanuaryThe Soviet satellite Kosmos 954, which used nuclear power forpropulsion, burned up during reentry, scattering radioactive debrisacross Canada's Northwest Territories.
01 AprilThe President of the Philippines ordered that the PhilippineCollege of Commerce become a pup.
01 February After having served 42 days in prison for the sexual assault ofa 13-year-old girl, Polish film director Roman Polanski skipped bail andfled the United States to France.
02 MarchAboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28, Czech Vladimír Remekbecame the first person not from the Soviet Union or the United Statesto go into space.
08 MarchBBC Radio 4 transmitted the first episode of English author anddramatist Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a sciencefiction radio series that was later adapted into novels, a televisionseries, and other media formats.
11 MarchVietnam, a short-lived puppet state, with B?o ??i as its ruler.
14 January Austrian logician Kurt Gödel (pictured), who suffered from anobsessive fear of being poisoned, died of starvation after his wife washospitalized and unable to cook for him.
16 MarchFormer Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Romeby Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1978:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 JuneMatthew Hittinger / Poet / United States of America
03 MayBrett Burton / Footballer / Australia
03 AprilJohn Smit / Rugby Player / South Africa
06 AprilImani Coppola / Writer / United States of America
06 JulyAdam Busch / Actor / United States of America
06 NovemberZak Morioka / Racing Car Driver / Brazil
08 SeptemberGil Meche / Baseball Player / United States of America
10 AugustChris Read / Cricketer / United Kingdom
10 March Camille / Actress / France
11 March Ha Jung-woo / Actor / South Korea
14 MayAndré Macanga / Footballer / Angola
15 JuneZach Day / Baseball Player / United States of America
22 AprilJason Stollsteimer / Writer / United States of America
22 AprilMatt Orford / Rugby Player / Australia
23 AugustKobe Bryant / Business Man / United States of America
23 OctoberJimmy Bullard / Footballer / United Kingdom
27 JuneApparat / Musician / Germany
29 AprilMike Bryan / Tennis Player / United States of America
31 OctoberMartin Verkerk / Tennis Player / Netherlands
31 JulyWill Champion / Singer / United Kingdom

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1978:

YearName / Profession / Country
16 February Wasim Jaffer / Cricketer / India
28 MarchNafisa Joseph / Model / India
20 OctoberVirender Sehwag / Cricketer / India
17 AugustDisha Vakani / Actress / India
25 NovemberKoel Purie / Actress / India
20 OctoberVirender Sehwag / Cricketer / India
03 MarchTanisha Mukherjee / Actress / India
13 MarchAnusha Rizvi / Director / India
13 JanuaryAshmit Patel / Actor / India
10 DecemberChakravarti Rajagopalachari / Lawyer / India
18 OctoberJyothika / Actress / India
20 OctoberVirender Sehwag / Player / India
16 AprilLara Dutta / Actress / India
18 OctoberKunal Kapoor / Actor / India
17 DecemberRiteish Deshmukh / Actor / India
04 AugustSandeep Naik / Politician / India
07 OctoberZaheer Khan / Cricketer / India

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