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1978 Historical Event(s)
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- March 11, 1978 – Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel’s Operation Litani.
- April 1, 1978 – The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- May 12, 1978 – In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga). The local government asks the U.S.A., France and Belgium to restore order.
- July 6, 1978 – The Taunton sleeping car fire occurs in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people.
- July 11, 1978 – Los Alfaques Disaster: A truck carrying liquid gas crashes and explodes at a coastal campsite in Tarragona, Spain killing 216 tourists.
- July 25, 1978 – Louise Brown, the world’s first “test tube baby” is born.
- September 11, 1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords a framework for peace between Israel and Egypt and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
- October 8, 1978 – Australia’s Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
- November 27, 1978 – In San Francisco, California, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 1, 1978 – Tarik O'Regan, British composer
- February 20, 1978 – Julia Jentsch, German actress
- May 24, 1978 – Elijah Burke, American wrestler
- July 22, 1978 – Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
- July 31, 1978 – Justin Wilson, English racing driver
- October 1, 1978 – Nicole Atkins, American singer-songwriter
- October 3, 1978 – Vienna Teng, American pianist and singer-songwriter
- October 23, 1978 – Wang Nan, Chinese table tennis player
- December 23, 1978 – Esthero, Canadian musician and singer
- December 29, 1978 – Matthew Carr, Australian rules footballer