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Notable Historical Events - 1978

1978Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

1978Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

1978Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC

1978Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1978Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5

1978Bjorn Borg wins French Open Title

1978"Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens

1978Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope

1978Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

197842nd Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

1978Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

1978Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic

1978In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

1978In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones

1978Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44

1978Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

1978Andrew Lloyd Webber & Rice's musical "Evita" premiers in London

1978Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open

1978Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

1978Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba

1978Jimmy Connors is 1st player to win US Open on 3 different surfaces

1978Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

1978Israeli PM Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit

19784th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

1978Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

1978Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight

1978NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic

1978Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR

1978Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, SF, dedicated

1978Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him

1978Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

1978Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

1978Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open

1978Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs

1978Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla

1978Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder

1978Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

1978Cin Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games

1978NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out

1978Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

19783rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

1978Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar

1978Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games

1978US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio

197825th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin

1978Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points in separate NBA games (33 in 1 quarter)

1978Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

1978Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic

1978"Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

1978Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1978Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

1978Tom Stoppard's "Night & Day" premieres in London

1978Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

1978Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th

1978The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

1978Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic

1978Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

1978Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

197892nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

1978Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize

1978"The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

1978Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

1978Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

19785th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty

1978Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

197824th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

1978Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open

1978Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

1978Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California

1978Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship

197898th US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 62 62)

1978Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

1978Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

1978Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

1978Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Ga

197830th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)

197812th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins

197850th Academy Awards - "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

1978Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp

1978 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
"Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum NYC after 429 perfs 
Jan 1
Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213 
Jan 1
Pres Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909 
Jan 1
Newspaper editor Donald Woods arrives in London after fleeing South Africa's apartheid regime 
Jan 2
Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey 
Jan 2
Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania" 
Jan 3
Chandrasekar takes 6-52 & 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win 
Jan 6
1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp) 
Jan 6
US hand over St Stephan crown to Hungary 
Jan 7
Angola revises its constitution 
Jan 8
Israeli government votes to `strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai 
Jan 8
Harvey Milk becomes the 1st openly gay person elected to public office in California 
Jan 9
Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established 
Jan 10
Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched 
Jan 11
Gov Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building 
Jan 11
Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 & Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link) 
Jan 13
NASA select its first American women astronauts 
Jan 14
Sex Pistols' final concert (Winterland, SF) 
Jan 15
Theodore Bundy kills Fla State U coeds Lisa Levy & Margaret Bowman 
Jan 15
Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT 
Jan 16
5th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & C Twitty 
Jan 16
Soyuz 27 returns to Earth 
Jan 18
Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, v Pak Karachi 
Jan 18
Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries) 
Jan 18
Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB 
Jan 19
Eddie Mathews elected to Hall of Fame 
Jan 19
Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI 
Jan 19
The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003. 
Jan 20
Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie" 
Jan 21
Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks 
Jan 23
Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris 
Jan 23
NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13 
Jan 23
Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer. 
Jan 24
31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo 
Jan 24
Carter Executive Order on Intelligence (# 12036) 
Jan 25
Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat 
Jan 25
Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award) 
Jan 26
Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void" 
Jan 26
International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit 
Jan 26
Mario Soares forms Portuguese government 
Jan 26
Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40 
Jan 28
"Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV 
Jan 28
Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders 
Jan 28
Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife 
Jan 29
Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship 
Jan 29
Sweden outlaws aerosol sprays due to their harmful effect on the ozone layer, becoming the first nation to enact such a ban. 
Jan 30
Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 
Jan 30
Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio 
Jan 31
"Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 perfs 
Jan 31
Israel turns 3 milt outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements 
Feb 1
Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a US postage stamp 
Feb 1
Director Roman Polanski skips bail & fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl 
Feb 3
Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test 
Feb 3
India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445 
Feb 5
Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded 
Feb 6
Muriel, wife of late Hubert Humphrey (Sen-D-Minn) takes his office 
Feb 6
Snowstorm hits New England, parts of Rhode Island (54" (137cm)) 
Feb 7
Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert 
Feb 8
Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes PM of Kuwait 
Feb 8
Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time. 
Feb 10
Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA 
Feb 11
16 Unification church couples wed in NYC 
Feb 11
25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin 
Feb 11
China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, & Dickens 
Feb 11
EOKA disbands in Cyprus 
Feb 12
"Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 96 perfs 
Feb 12
Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic 
Feb 12
US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne 
Feb 12
US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner 
Feb 13
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 14
1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments 
Feb 14
In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George 
Feb 15
England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Boycott capt) 
Feb 15
Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Fla 
Feb 15
Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Feb 15
Zaire revises constitution 
Feb 16
1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward & Randy's CBBS, Chicago) 
Feb 17
La Mon restaurant bombing: 11 civilians and 1 RUC officer are killed and 30 wounded by a Provisional Irish Republican Army incendiary bomb at the La Mon Restaurant near Belfast 
Feb 18
1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii 
Feb 19
"On the 20th Century" opens at St James Theater NYC for 460 perfs 
Feb 19
Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8) 
Feb 19
Coleman, Comden & Green's musical premieres in NYC 
Feb 20
4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV) 
Feb 20
Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ 
Feb 20
Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus 
Feb 20
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
Feb 22
2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn 
Feb 23
20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins 
Feb 24
Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game 
Feb 25
Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ Christchurch 
Feb 26
Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," premieres in NYC 
Feb 26
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
Feb 27
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Mar 1
"Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 243 performances 
Mar 1
Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery 
Mar 2
1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV 
Mar 2
Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6 
Mar 3
1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia) 
Mar 4
Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue 
Mar 5
"Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 perfs 
Mar 5
Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif 
Mar 6
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot & crippled by a sniper in Ga 
Mar 7
Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped 
Mar 7
Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders 
Mar 7
Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb 
Mar 8
The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4. 
Mar 9
Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov 
Mar 9
Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (URS) 
Mar 9
Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR) 
Mar 9
Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA) 
Mar 10
Soyuz 28 returns to Earth 
Mar 10
"The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS 
Mar 11
Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed 
Mar 11
USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC 
Mar 12
Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99) 
Mar 12
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic 
Mar 13
Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house 
Mar 14
Marines terminate Molukse action in Province house (1 dead) 
Mar 14
NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge) 
Mar 15
-21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon 
Mar 15
A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players & $390,000 
Mar 15
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Mar 16
Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast 
Mar 16
Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed 
Mar 16
Soyuz 26 returns to Earth 
Mar 16
US Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty 
Mar 16
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 17
Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast 
Mar 17
Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre," premieres in Stockholm 
Mar 17
Reds don green uniforms for St Patricks Day 
Mar 18
250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario Calif 
Mar 18
Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death 
Mar 19
50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb 
Mar 19
Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic 
Mar 20
Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders 
Mar 21
Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training) 
Mar 22
France performs nuclear test 
Mar 22
Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm & Market, SF, dedicated 
Mar 22
Rutle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV 
Mar 22
Karl Wallenda of the The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
Mar 23
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 24
Wings release "With a Little Luck" 
Mar 27
40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88 
Mar 27
Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1,774 perfs 
Mar 27
Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV 
Mar 30
"History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 perfs 
Mar 31
Red Rum wins 3rd consecutive Grand National & retires 
Mar 31
USSR launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite 
Mar 31
Wings release "London Town" album 
Apr 1
Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree 
Apr 2
7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post 
Apr 2
Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown 
Apr 2
TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series) 
Apr 2
Velcro was 1st put on the market 
Apr 3
50th Academy Awards - "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win 
Apr 3
European market & China signs trade agreement 
Apr 3
Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington DC 
Apr 6
Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn & 193 to win Ranji Trophy 
Apr 7
Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in NYC 
Apr 7
Pres Carter defers production of neutron bomb 
Apr 7
US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976 
Apr 9
42nd Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277 
Apr 9
Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam) 
Apr 9
David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA - 73 
Apr 9
Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points in separate NBA games (33 in 1 quarter) 
Apr 10
Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced 
Apr 13
Jackson slugs a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, & the field is showered 
Apr 13
NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day 
Apr 14
David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London 
Apr 14
Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia 
Apr 14
WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM 
Apr 14
1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language. 
Apr 15
43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy 
Apr 15
Great Britain performs nuclear test 
Apr 16
"History of the American Film" closes at ANTA NYC after 21 performances 
Apr 16
Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic 
Apr 16
St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0 
Apr 17
63,500,000 shares traded on NY stock exchange (record) 
Apr 17
7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Ga in 2:44:52 
Apr 17
82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13 
Apr 17
Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden" 
Apr 18
Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999 
Apr 19
Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel 
Apr 22
Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony 
Apr 23
Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic 
Apr 23
Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd 
Apr 23
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Apr 24
Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game 
Apr 25
Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance 
Apr 25
Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more 
Apr 26
France sends troops to Chad 
Apr 26
NASA launches space vehicle S-201 
Apr 27
14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 4-3 in 11 
Apr 27
Accident at nuclear reactor Willow Island, W Virginia, kills 51 
Apr 27
Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup 
Apr 30
"Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 perfs 
Apr 30
Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic 
May 1
1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated 
May 1
MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht 
May 1
Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone 
May 2
NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games 
May 3
"Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US 
May 3
Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II 
May 3
Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston 
May 3
WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game 
May 3
First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast 
May 4
Russian president Brezhnev visits West-Germany 
May 5
Cin Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits 
May 6
104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2 
May 6
South Africa military goes into Angola 
May 8
ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30" 
May 8
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament 
May 9
"Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs 
May 9
Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found 
May 9
Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage 
May 9
PSV beats Bastica, 3-0, to win UEFA Cup in Eindhoven Neth 
May 10
"Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances 
May 10
Liverpool wins 23rd European Cup 
May 11
Margaret A Brewer is 1st female general in the US Marine Corps 
May 12
US Commerce Dept says hurricane names will no longer be only female 
May 13
"Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances 
May 13
Musical "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 199 performances, with Elizabeth Swados 
May 13
Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4) 
May 13
Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels 
May 14
"Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances 
May 14
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic 
May 14
First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. 
May 17
Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run 
May 18
Italy legalizes abortion 
May 18
Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work 
May 20
104th Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4 
May 20
3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris 
May 20
US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus 
May 21
118 Unification church couples wed in England 
May 21
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic 
May 21
Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect 
May 23
AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M 
May 23
General strike in Peru 
May 24
Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect 
May 25
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2 
May 26
1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City 
May 28
Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times 
May 28
Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoulé Lamizana. 
May 29
US 1st class postage rises to 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years) 
May 29
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship 
May 29
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jun 1
Cricket Test debut of David Gower, v Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58 
Jun 1
High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten 
Jun 1
The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed. 
Jun 3
Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year 
Jun 4
"Working" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 25 performances 
Jun 4
32nd Tony Awards: Da & Ain't Misbehavin' win 
Jun 4
6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner 
Jun 4
Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections 
Jun 6
Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57% 
Jun 7
32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3 
Jun 7
Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation 
Jun 8
51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification 
Jun 8
Braves draft Bob Horner #1 
Jun 8
Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery 
Jun 9
Gutenberg Bible (1 of 21) sells for $2.4 million, London 
Jun 9
Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Jun 9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood 
Jun 10
110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8 
Jun 10
Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis 
Jun 10
Costa Rica becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty. 
Jun 11
"Grease" starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opens 
Jun 11
24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez 
Jun 11
Bjorn Borg wins French Open Title 
Jun 11
Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop 
Jun 11
Joseph Freeman Jr is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 
Jun 12
David Berkowitz sentenced in NY Supreme Court to 25 yrs to life 
Jun 12
US House of Representatives allows live radio coverage 
Jun 13
Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon. 
Jun 14
Down 9-7 in 10th with 2 outs, Yanks Paul Blair hits a 3 run HR 
Jun 14
Sierra Leone adopts constitution 
Jun 15
Belgian government resigns 
Jun 15
Italy's pres Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair 
Jun 15
Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days 
Jun 16
Cin Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0 
Jun 16
Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough" 
Jun 17
"Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32 
Jun 17
Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs 
Jun 17
The Provisional Irish Republican Army kill an RUC officer and kidnap another near Crossmaglen, County Armagh 
Jun 18
78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver 
Jun 18
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic 
Jun 18
Victor de la Torre wins Peru election 
Jun 19
"Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 perfs 
Jun 19
Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip 
Jun 19
Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling 
Jun 20
1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton 
Jun 21
Andrew Lloyd Webber & Rice's musical "Evita" premiers in London 
Jun 21
The British Army shoot dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack 
Jun 22
James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced 
Jun 22
Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Ill 
Jun 22
Pluto's satelite Charon is discovered 
Jun 23
33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy 
Jun 25
Argentina beats Holland 3-1 in soccer's 11th World Cup at Buenos Aires 
Jun 25
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open 
Jun 26
Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France 
Jun 26
First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched 
Jun 26
Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish. 
Jun 27
Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1 
Jun 27
Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station 
Jun 27
US Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit 
Jun 28
UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill 
Jun 28
Supreme Court orders Cal medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected 
Jun 29
VP Walter F Mondale begins trip to Mid-East 
Jun 30
Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs 
Jun 30
Larry Doby becomes manager of Chicago White Sox 
Jul 1
"Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances 
Jul 1
Former Pres Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974 
Jul 1
Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing 
Jul 2
Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start 
Jul 3
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic 
Jul 3
US Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand NY radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words" 
Jul 4
Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order 
Jul 5
Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan 
Jul 5
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 6
Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Moslem West Beirut 
Jul 6
The Taunton sleeping car fire occurred in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people. 
Jul 7
85th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (26 64 75) 
Jul 7
Solomon Islands declares independence from UK 
Jul 8
92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63) 
Jul 8
Alessandro Pertini elected pres of Italy 
Jul 8
Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus 
Jul 9
"Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 152 perfs 
Jul 9
American Nazi Party holds a rally at Marquette Park, Chicago 
Jul 9
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic 
Jul 9
Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Wash DC for ERA 
Jul 10
Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees 
Jul 10
World News Tonight premieres on ABC. 
Jul 11
49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium 
Jul 11
All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) 
Jul 11
Auto with liquid gas crashes & explodes in Spain, 160 killed 
Jul 12
Sun Bank Building opens 
Jul 12
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Jul 13
Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR 
Jul 13
Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years 
Jul 13
BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent" 
Jul 13
Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor Pres by chairman Henry Ford II 
Jul 13
Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp 
Jul 13
Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida 
Jul 14
Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation 
Jul 14
Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls 
Jul 14
Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode" - blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado 
Jul 15
107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews 
Jul 16
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic 
Jul 17
NY Yank manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out 
Jul 17
Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes mgr Billy Martin to suspend him 
Jul 18
Egyptian & Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks 
Jul 19
France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island 
Jul 19
Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win 
Jul 21
Bolivia military coup under general Juan Pereda, president Hugo Banzer flees 
Jul 21
US Postal Service & unions agree on a contract averting mail strike 
Jul 21
World's strongest dog, 80-kg St Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m 
Jul 23
33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy 
Jul 23
Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas 
Jul 23
Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200 
Jul 23
Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight 
Jul 24
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in NYC 
Jul 24
Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe 
Jul 24
Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games 
Jul 24
Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner & Jackson 
Jul 25
Bob Dylan booed off Newport Folk Festival for using electric guitar 
Jul 25
Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager 
Jul 25
Cin Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games 
Jul 25
John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image 
Jul 25
The Cerro Maravilla Incident occurs. 
Jul 25
Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby is born at Oldham General Hospital England 
Jul 26
France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island 
Jul 26
Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run 
Jul 27
Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yanks) 
Jul 27
Portuguese pres Eanes fires premier Soares 
Jul 28
600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in NY 
Jul 28
At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees 
Jul 28
Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time 
Jul 28
USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Jul 29
600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, NY 
Jul 29
Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h40m 
Jul 29
Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn & its rings 
Jul 29
On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 & Bob Lemon will become GM 
Jul 30
Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs 
Jul 30
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic 
Jul 31
Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris 
Jul 31
NY Yanks now 7½ out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks 
Jul 31
Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44 
Aug 1
Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games 
Aug 1
Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead 
Aug 5
New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo) 
Aug 6
60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA 
Aug 6
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open 
Aug 7
Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame 
Aug 7
Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI 
Aug 8
Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus 
Aug 9
USSR performs (underground) nuclear test 
Aug 9
Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7 
Aug 10
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Aug 11
Funeral of Pope Paul VI 
Aug 11
Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta 
Aug 12
Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours 
Aug 12
China & Japan sign peace treaty 
Aug 12
ICE is launched 
Aug 13
Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed 
Aug 13
Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin 
Aug 13
Yanks score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted & thus score goes back to previous inning, Balt wins 3-0 
Aug 14
French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%) 
Aug 15
US House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA 
Aug 17
1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans) 
Aug 18
Memphis Tenn settles with striking police officers & firefighters 
Aug 19
422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran 
Aug 20
Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London 
Aug 20
Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds 
Aug 20
Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open 
Aug 20
Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6) 
Aug 21
1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs US Air Force 
Aug 22
Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua 
Aug 23
Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar 
Aug 24
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Aug 25
Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike 
Aug 26
Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I 
Aug 26
Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6 
Aug 27
Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion 
Aug 27
Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases 
Aug 27
Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic 
Aug 27
Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978 
Aug 28
Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph 
Aug 28
Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran 
Aug 29
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 29
USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY 
Aug 31
Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka 
Aug 31
Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst 
Aug 31
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 1
Indians' Sammy Stewart tosses 7 consecutive strikeouts (vs Balt) 
Sep 1
Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV 
Sep 1
Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia 
Sep 1
#4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid & #8064 
Sep 2
Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man 
Sep 2
John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston 
Sep 2
Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years 
Sep 3
Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29 
Sep 3
Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5) 
Sep 3
Pope John Paul I officially installed as 264th supreme pontiff 
Sep 4
Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405 
Sep 4
NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season) 
Sep 4
Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic 
Sep 5
Sadat, Begin & Carter began peace conference at Camp David, Md 
Sep 6
Begin & Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace 
Sep 6
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 7
1st game of Boston Massacre, Yanks beat Red Sox 15-3 
Sep 8
2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 13-2 
Sep 8
Iranian army fires on Khomeini followers in Teheran, 100s killed 
Sep 9
3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-0 
Sep 9
92nd US Womens Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats Pam Shriver (75 64) 
Sep 9
Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto) 
Sep 9
Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Irani army 
Sep 9
Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979 
Sep 10
"Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 perfs 
Sep 10
98th US Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 62 62) 
Sep 10
Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yds & 30") 
Sep 10
Jimmy Connors is 1st player to win US Open on 3 different surfaces 
Sep 10
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open 
Sep 10
4th game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9 
Sep 12
Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba 
Sep 12
Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television 
Sep 13
1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet 
Sep 13
NY Yanks win to gain sole possession of 1st place from 14 games back 
Sep 14
Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970 
Sep 14
Portugal government of Da Costa falls 
Sep 14
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode over 50 bombs in towns across Northern Ireland over the next 5 days, injuring 37 people 
Sep 15
Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans 
Sep 15
Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title 
Sep 15
Yanks beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yanks lead 2½ games 
Sep 16
25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran 
Sep 16
Filming on Monty Python's Life of Brian, begins 
Sep 16
Grateful Dead perform in Cairo Egypt 
Sep 16
Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2 
Sep 17
30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win 
Sep 17
Begin, Sadat & Carter sign Camp David accord 
Sep 17
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament 
Sep 17
Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3 
Sep 18
All four Kiss members release solo albums 
Sep 20
"Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 439 performances 
Sep 20
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 20
Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany 
Sep 21
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs at the RAF airfield near Eglinton, County Londonderry; the terminal building, two aircraft hangars and four planes aree destroyed 
Sep 22
Israeli PM Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit 
Sep 23
100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Sadat home from Camp David summit 
Sep 24
Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic 
Sep 24
Dutch women hockey team wins world championship 
Sep 24
Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74 
Sep 24
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 25
PSA Boeing 727 & a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die 
Sep 26
RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service 
Sep 26
NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms 
Sep 27
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Sep 27
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Sep 28
Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord 
Sep 28
Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa 
Sep 28
Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon 
Sep 29
"Flying High," debuts on CBS 
Sep 29
"For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV 
Sep 30
Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati 
Sep 30
Phillies clinch NL East title 
Sep 30
Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title 
Oct 1
Comoros adopts constitution 
Oct 1
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship 
Oct 1
Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK 
Oct 1
Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox 
Oct 1
The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded. 
Oct 2
Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed 
Oct 2
Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding 
Oct 3
Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London 
Oct 4
Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I 
Oct 5
Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature 
Oct 5
Sweden's Fälldin government falls 
Oct 5
Over 30 major nations ratify the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits environmental modification techniques 
Oct 6
Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of a US university (Chicago) 
Oct 6
Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person 
Oct 6
Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls" 
Oct 6
Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5 
Oct 7
LA Dodgers win the pennant 
Oct 7
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 8
Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph) 
Oct 8
Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City 
Oct 9
12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins 
Oct 9
John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC 
Oct 10
Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb 
Oct 10
British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published 
Oct 10
US Congress approves Dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony 
Oct 10
Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya 
Oct 10
Steve Perry joins Journey 
Oct 10
Yanks & Dodgers play in World Series # 75 
Oct 11
Aristides Royo elected president of Panama 
Oct 11
Belgium government of Tindemans resigns 
Oct 11
Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th 
Oct 12
Representatives of Israel & Egypt open talks in Washington 
Oct 12
Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen 
Oct 13
US President Jimmy Carter answers callers' questions on National Public Radio 
Oct 13
Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties 
Oct 13
Tiros N, US's 1st third generation weather satellite, is launched 
Oct 13
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
1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island" 
Oct 14
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Oct 14
NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away 
Oct 14
Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1 
Oct 15
Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open 
Oct 15
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Oct 16
Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon 
Oct 16
Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II 
Oct 16
Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad 
Oct 17
NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8) 
Oct 17
NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series 
Oct 17
Pres Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship 
Oct 17
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Oct 17
Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year 
Oct 18
1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance 
Oct 18
NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings 
Oct 20
Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government 
Oct 20
Police's 1st US concert (NY's CBGBs) 
Oct 20
US dollar devalued below Dutch Ÿ2 
Oct 21
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
"King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances 
Oct 22
8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30 
Oct 22
9th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:12:12 
Oct 22
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs 
Oct 22
Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8) 
Oct 22
Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession 
Oct 22
Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope 
Oct 23
CBS raises LP prices to $8.98 
Oct 23
China & Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension 
Oct 23
Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC 
Oct 24
Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto 
Oct 24
NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders 
Oct 25
Israeli government approves "in principle", a draft compromise peace 
Oct 25
Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL) 
Oct 25
"Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released 
Oct 26
Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat named joint winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize 
Oct 26
Independent Counsel Act is signed into law. 
Oct 27
Begin & Sadat win Nobel Peace prize 
Oct 27
President Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill 
Oct 28
Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20) 
Oct 28
Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings) 
Oct 30
Laura Nickel & Curt Noll find 25th Mersenne prime, 2 ^ 21701-1 
Oct 30
Uganda troops attack Tanzania 
Oct 31
Iranian oil workers go on strike 
Oct 31
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution 
Nov 1
NY Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award 
Nov 2
Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31 
Nov 2
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Nov 2
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 3
First broadcast of "Diff'rent strokes" on NBC TV 
Nov 3
Dominica gains independence from UK & adopts constitution 
Nov 3
Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic 
Nov 3
USSR & Vietnam sign peace & friendship treaty 
Nov 4
Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U 
Nov 4
Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) 
Nov 4
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Nov 4
3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available 
Nov 5
Iranian PM Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi 
Nov 5
Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran 
Nov 5
Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games 
Nov 6
Iranian general Gholan Reza Azhari forms government 
Nov 6
Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule 
Nov 7
Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP 
Nov 7
CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past 
Nov 8
Tom Stoppard's "Night & Day" premieres in London 
Nov 9
NASL realligns its 24 teams into 6 divisions 
Nov 10
Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks 
Nov 10
Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title 
Nov 10
Yanks trade Lyle, Rajsich, McCall, Heath & Ramos to Texas for Righetti, Mirabella, Beniquez, Jemison & Griffin 
Nov 11
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives 
Nov 12
"Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 33 performances 
Nov 12
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open 
Nov 13
NASA launches HEAO 
Nov 15
183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka 
Nov 15
Harold Pinter's "Betrayal" premieres in London 
Nov 15
Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP 
Nov 16
Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft 
Nov 18
Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Nov 18
In Jonestown Guyana 918 members of Peoples Temple are murdered/commit suicide under leadership of cult leader Jim Jones 
Nov 19
Gavaskar gets twin cricket tons for India for 2nd time 
Nov 19
"The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants 
Nov 21
Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award 
Nov 26
10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY 
Nov 26
1st lesbian theme TV movie - "Question of Love" 
Nov 26
66th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 20-13 
Nov 28
44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB) 
Nov 28
Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years 
Nov 29
UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries 
Nov 29
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Nov 30
France performs nuclear test 
Dec 1
Pres Carter more than doubles national park system size 
Dec 1
Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba 
Dec 1
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Dec 2
Chanting "Allah is great", anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran 
Dec 2
Neil Diamond & Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1 
Dec 2
Streisand & Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" goes #1 
Dec 3
"King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances 
Dec 3
Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic 
Dec 4
Dianne Feinstein is named SF 1st female mayor 
Dec 4
Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten freed 
Dec 4
Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus 
Dec 5
EG decides establishes EMS, European Monetary System 
Dec 5
Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player 
Dec 5
Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus 
Dec 5
Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" premieres in NYC 
Dec 5
Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders 
Dec 6
Spain adopts constitution 
Dec 7
Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick 
Dec 8
Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park 
Dec 9
Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus 
Dec 9
1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does 
Dec 10
"Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances 
Dec 10
67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1) 
Dec 10
In Oslo, Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize 
Dec 10
Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians 
Dec 11
6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at NY Kennedy Airport & made off with $5.8 M in cash & jewelry 
Dec 14
"Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances 
Dec 14
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Dec 14
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Dec 15
Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James 
Dec 15
Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore 
Dec 16
Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR 
Dec 16
Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks. 
Dec 17
OPEC raises oil prices 18% 
Dec 17
Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda 
Dec 17
The Workers Party of Jamaica is founded by Trevor Munroe. 
Dec 17
OPEC decides on a 14.5 percent petrolium price increase for 1979, to be implemented quarterly 
Dec 18
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
Dec 18
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Dec 19
France performs nuclear test 
Dec 19
Indira Gandhi ambushed in India 
Dec 20
H R Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail 
Dec 21
"Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC 
Dec 21
Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy for murder 
Dec 22
Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer 
Dec 22
Thailand adopts constitution