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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 2, 1978 – Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
- March 14, 1978 – The Israeli Defense Force invades and occupies southern Lebanon, in Operation Litani.
- March 23, 1978 – The first UNIFIL troops arrived in Lebanon for peacekeeping mission along the Blue Line.
- April 1, 1978 – The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
- June 19, 1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
- August 17, 1978 – Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine.
- October 1, 1978 – The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
- December 15, 1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People’s Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan
- 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 3, 1978 – Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
- February 20, 1978 – Jay Hernandez, American actor
- April 6, 1978 – Martin Mendez, Uruguayan bassist (Opeth)
- April 16, 1978 – Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
- June 24, 1978 – Ariel Pink, American recording artist
- July 8, 1978 – Eve Myles, Welsh actress
- August 14, 1978 – Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
- August 18, 1978 – Luke Williams, Welsh musician
- October 9, 1978 – Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
- December 13, 1978 – Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)