1978 in History – What happened in year 1978

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1978 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
14 januaryAustrian logician Kurt Gödel, who suffered from an obsessive fear of being poisoned, died of starvation after his wife was hospitalized and unable to cook for him.
24 januaryThe Soviet satellite Kosmos 954, which used nuclear power for propulsion, burned up during reentry, scattering radioactive debris across Canada's Northwest Territories.
01 februaryAfter 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.
13 februaryA bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, the site of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, killing three people and injuring eleven others.
17 februaryThe Troubles-The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated abomb at the La Mon restaurant near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
02 marchAboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28, Czech Vladimír Remek became the first person not from the Soviet Union or the United States to 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.
11 marchAfter hijacking a bus north of Tel Aviv, members of Palestine Liberation Organization faction Fatah engaged in a shootout with the Israel Police, resulting in the deaths of 38 civilians and most of the perpetrators.
14 marchIsraeli–Lebanese conflict-The Israel Defense Forces beganOperation Litani, invading and occupying southern Lebanon, and pushingPLO troops north up to the Litani River.
16 marchFormer Prime Minister of Italy Aldo Moro was kidnapped in Rome by Mario Moretti and the Red Brigades.
23 marchThe United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was dispatched toconfirm Israeli withdrawal after its invasion nine days earlier.
26 marchFour 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.
01 aprilThe President of the Philippines ordered that the Philippines College of Commerce become a pup.
14 aprilThousands of Georgians demonstrated in Tbilisi against an attempt by the Supreme Soviet of the Georgian SSR to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
20 aprilSoviet fighters shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 902 after itviolated Soviet airspace.
03 mayGary Thuerk, marketing representative of Digital Equipment Corporation, had sent the first unsolicited commercial e-mail also referred as spam to 600 people connected with ARPANET US west coast on May 3, 1978. Sending of junk email is prohibited from the existence of internet.
08 mayReinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climbed the World’s highest mountain Everest on May 8, 1978. It was the first time anyone made the ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.
13 juneIsrael Defence Forces withdrew from Lebanon. The South Lebanon conflict was an invasion of Lebanon up to the Litani River, carried out by the Israel Defense Forces in 1978 in response to the Coastal Road massacre. The conflict resulted in the deaths of 1,100–2,000 Lebanese and Palestinians, 20 Israelis, the internal displacement of 100,000 to 250,000 people in Lebanon, and the PLO forces retreating north of the Litani River.
15 juneKing Hussein of Jordan married American Lisa Halaby, who became known as Queen Noor of Jordan.
19 juneGarfield, created by American cartoonist Jim Davis, made itsdebut, eventually becoming one of the world's most widely syndicatedcomic strips.
22 juneCharon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, was discovered by American astronomer James W. Christy. Charon is the largest satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto. It was discovered at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. It is a very large moon in comparison to its parent body, Pluto. Its gravitational influence is such that the barycentre of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside Pluto.
22 juneWorking at the US Naval Observatory, American astronomer James W. Christy discovered Charon, then considered the sole moon of Pluto.
25 juneThe rainbow flag representing gay pride first flew in the SanFrancisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
06 julyA sleeping car train at Taunton, England, caught fire, killing12 people and causing British Rail to install state-of-the art fireprevention measures.
07 julyThe Soloman islands got their independence from United Kingdom. It is an autonomous country comprised of group of many islands. It is situated near Papua New Guinea. It is a constitutional monarchy.
14 julyAllen Ginsburg completes 'Plutonian Ode'. It blocks trainload of fissile material which was headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory situated in Colorado.
25 julyTwo Puerto Rican pro-independence activists were killed bypolice at Cerro Maravilla in Villalba.
25 julyLouise Brown, the world's first baby conceived through in vitrofertilisation, was born in Oldham, England.
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.

Famous birthdays in the year 1978:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 AugustDragan Vukmir / Footballer / Serbia
02 AugustMatt Guerrier / Baseball Player / United States of America
04 AugustKarine Legault / Swimmer / Canada
05 AugustRita Faltoyano / Actress / Hungary
06 February Yael Naim / Singer / Israel
07 DecemberShiri Appleby / Actress / United States of America
07 JulyChris Andersen / Basketball Player / United States of America
08 AugustNatsuko Kuwatani / Actress / Japan
10 SeptemberJulia Goldsworthy / Politician / United Kingdom
12 NovemberAlexandra Maria Lara / Actress / Germany
15 January Franco Pellizotti / Cyclist / Italy
17 MayPaddy Kenny / Footballer / United Kingdom
17 JuneTravis Roche / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
19 OctoberZakhar Dubensky / Fooballer / Russia
23 JuneMatt Light / Footballer / United States of America
26 OctoberDave Zastudil / Footballer / United States of America
28 NovemberFreddie Mitchell / Footballer / United States of America
29 NovemberDimitrios Konstantopoulos / Footballer / Greece
30 OctoberDerren Witcombe / Cricketer / New Zealand
30 January John Patterson / Baseball Player / United States of America

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1978:

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