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 JuneHasna Benhassi / Runner / Morocco
02 JulyOwain Yeoman / Actor / United Kingdom
03 SeptemberJohn Curtis / Footballer / United Kingdom
04 SeptemberWes Bentley / Actor / United States of America
07 January Dean Cosker / Cricketer / United Kingdom
08 SeptemberAngela Rawlings / Poet / United States of America
10 MayKenan Thompson / Actor / United States of America
10 March Benjamin Burnley / Writer / United States of America
11 March Scott Calderwood / Footballer / United Kingdom
12 January Luis Ayala / Baseball Player / Mexico
12 March Claudio Sanchez / Writer / United States of America
18 January Bogdan Lobonț / Footballer / Romania
20 February Lauren Ambrose / Actress / United States of America
20 March Brent Sherwin / Rugby Player / Australia
21 JulyGary Teale / Footballer / Scotland
23 AugustKobe Bryant / Business Man / United States of America
27 DecemberDeuce McAllister / Footballer / United States of America
29 OctoberTravis Henry / Footballer / United States of America
29 AugustVolkan Arslan / Footballer / Turkey
30 DecemberDevin Brown / Basketball Player / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1978:

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

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