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1978 Historical Event(s)
- January 1, 1978 – The Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands becomes effective.
- 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.
- March 11, 1978 – Coastal Road massacre: At least 37 are killed and more than 70 are wounded when Al Fatah hijack an Israeli bus, prompting Israel’s Operation Litani.
- 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.
- August 12, 1978 – The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China is signed.
- August 13, 1978 – 150 Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War.
- September 5, 1978 – Camp David Accords: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace process at Camp David, Maryland.
- September 16, 1978 – An earthquake measuring 7.5 to 7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people.
- November 18, 1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- January 3, 1978 – Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
- February 14, 1978 – Dwele, American R&B/Soul singer
- February 15, 1978 – Kimberly Goss, American singer and musician (Sinergy)
- March 21, 1978 – Kevin Federline, American dancer; ex-husband of Britney Spears
- April 11, 1978 – Tom Thacker, Canadian musician
- May 13, 1978 – Steve Mildenhall, English footballer
- November 8, 1978 – Júlio Sérgio Bertagnoli, Brazilian footballer
- December 6, 1978 – K. D. Aubert, American actress
- December 23, 1978 – Estella Warren, Canadian model and actress