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1978 Historical Event(s)
- January 6, 1978 – The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II.
- 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 11, 1978 – Censorship: the People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
- 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.
- May 8, 1978 – First ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler.
- June 15, 1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
- October 16, 1978 – Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave.
- December 27, 1978 – The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in the South Pole recorded temperatures of 7.5 °F (−13.6 °C), making it the highest temperature to ever be recorded in the South Pole.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 7, 1978 – Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian shooting victim (d. 2005)
- February 7, 1978 – Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian soccer player
- April 4, 1978 – Irene Skliva, Greek pageant contestant
- May 5, 1978 – Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
- August 5, 1978 – Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer
- August 21, 1978 – Reuben Droughns, American football player
- August 29, 1978 – Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
- September 6, 1978 – Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player
- November 7, 1978 – Rio Ferdinand, English footballer