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1978 Historical Event(s)
- January 6, 1978 – The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.
- January 24, 1978 – Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered.
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- May 1, 1978 – Japan’s Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
- June 25, 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
- July 10, 1978 – President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania is ousted in a bloodless coup d'état.
- September 5, 1978 – Camp David Accords: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace process at Camp David, Maryland.
- November 3, 1978 – Dominica gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- 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 22, 1978 – The pivotal Third Plenum of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is held in Beijing, with Deng Xiaoping reversing Mao-era policies to pursue a program for Chinese economic reform.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 4, 1978 – Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
- February 4, 1978 – Danna Garcia, Colombian actress
- February 14, 1978 – Dean Gaffney, British actor
- March 21, 1978 – Rani Mukherjee, Indian actress
- April 4, 1978 – Jason Ellison, American baseball player
- April 26, 1978 – Tyler Labine, Canadian actor
- May 9, 1978 – Aaron Harang, American baseball player
- July 4, 1978 – Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak)
- October 15, 1978 – Devon Gummersall, American actor
- October 19, 1978 – Henri Sorvali, Finnish musician