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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.
- January 14, 1978 – The English punk rock band Sex Pistols broke up amidst their US tour.
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 19, 1978 – Egyptian forces raid Larnaca International Airport in an attempt to intervene in a hijacking, without authorisation from the Republic of Cyprus authorities. The Cypriot National Guard and Police forces kill 15 Egyptian commandos and destroy the Egyptian C-130 transport plane in open combat.
- April 1, 1978 – The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- April 28, 1978 – President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels.
- August 10, 1978 – Three members of the Ulrich family are killed in an accident. This leads to the Ford Pinto litigation.
- October 1, 1978 – The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
- October 16, 1978 – Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
- November 27, 1978 – The Kurdish party PKK is founded in the city of Riha (Urfa) in Turkey.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 12, 1978 – Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher
- January 29, 1978 – Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
- March 29, 1978 – Aaron Persico, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
- April 4, 1978 – Irene Skliva, Greek pageant contestant
- June 2, 1978 – Dominic Cooper, English actor
- June 16, 1978 – Jasmine Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer
- August 17, 1978 – Vibeke Stene, Norwegian singer (Tristania)
- October 15, 1978 – Devon Gummersall, American actor
- November 27, 1978 – Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
- December 27, 1978 – Nikolaos Georgeas, Greek footballer