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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 19, 1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW’s plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America would continue until 2003.
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- February 8, 1978 – Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.
- February 16, 1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
- 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.
- March 8, 1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
- 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.
- November 3, 1978 – Dominica gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- 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 1, 1978 – Nina Bott, German actress
- January 28, 1978 – Stephen Farrelly, Irish professional wrestler
- February 20, 1978 – Lauren Ambrose, American actress
- April 26, 1978 – Avant, American singer
- May 16, 1978 – David Ford, English singer and songwriter
- June 15, 1978 – Zach Day, American baseball player
- June 20, 1978 – Bobby Seay, American baseball player
- September 7, 1978 – Devon Sawa, Canadian actor
- October 8, 1978 – Antonino D'Agostino, Italian footballer