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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.
- February 17, 1978 – The Troubles: The Provisional IRA detonates an incendiary bomb at the La Mon restaurant, near Belfast, killing 12 and seriously injuring 30.
- May 8, 1978 – First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
- June 25, 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.
- June 26, 1978 – Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
- July 25, 1978 – The Cerro Maravilla incident occurs.
- August 26, 1978 – Sigmund Jähn becomes first German cosmonaut, on board Soyuz 31.
- 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.
- 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.
- December 4, 1978 – Following the murder of Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco, California’s first female mayor (she served until January 8, 1988).
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 5, 1978 – January Jones, American actress
- January 10, 1978 – Brent Smith, American singer (Shinedown)
- February 20, 1978 – Jay Hernandez, American actor
- February 28, 1978 – Yasir Hameed, Pakistani cricketer
- May 7, 1978 – Stian Arnesen, Norwegian musician
- May 11, 1978 – Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
- August 22, 1978 – Jeff Stinco, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
- September 8, 1978 – Gil Meche, American baseball player
- November 28, 1978 – Michael Simpkins, British football player
- December 29, 1978 – LaToya London, American singer