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1978 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1978 – Air India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, India, killing 213.
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- March 8, 1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
- April 27, 1978 – Former United States President Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman is released from an Arizona prison after serving 18 months for Watergate-related crimes.
- June 1, 1978 – The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed.
- October 21, 1978 – Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
- November 18, 1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
- December 5, 1978 – The Soviet Union signs a “friendship treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.
- December 27, 1978 – The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in the South Pole recorded temperatures of 7.5 °F (−13.6 °C), making it the highest temperature to ever be recorded in the South Pole.
- December 28, 1978 – With the crew investigating a problem with the landing gear, United Airlines Flight 173 runs out of fuel and crashes in Portland, Oregon, killing 10. As a result, United Airlines instituted the industry’s first crew resource management program.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 2, 1978 – Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American professional ballroom dancer
- February 4, 1978 – Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
- February 17, 1978 – Jacob Wetterling, American kidnapping victim
- May 9, 1978 – Santiago Dellapè, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
- June 20, 1978 – Quinton Jackson, American mixed martial artist
- July 9, 1978 – Kara Goucher, American long distance runner
- August 23, 1978 – Julian Casablancas, American singer (The Strokes)
- October 21, 1978 – Henrik Klingenberg, Member of Finnish band, Sonata Arctica
- November 23, 1978 – Kayvan Novak, English actor