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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.
- February 1, 1978 – Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
- 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.
- April 7, 1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
- April 14, 1978 – 1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
- April 20, 1978 – Korean Air Flight 902 is shot down by the Soviet Union.
- August 22, 1978 – The Frente Sandinista de Liberacion or FSLN occupies national palace in Nicaragua.
- October 1, 1978 – The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
- October 21, 1978 – Australian civilian pilot Frederick Valentich vanishes in a Cessna 182 over the Bass Strait south of Melbourne, after reporting contact with an unidentified aircraft.
Who Were Born On 1978?
- April 13, 1978 – Chris Sligh, American Idol finalist
- June 10, 1978 – Shane West, American actor
- June 24, 1978 – Ariel Pink, American recording artist
- July 17, 1978 – Émilie Simon, French singer
- July 22, 1978 – Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
- September 19, 1978 – Nigel Mitchell, British broadcaster
- September 27, 1978 – Thomas Gates, American rugby league footballer
- December 5, 1978 – Pachrapa Chaichua, Thai actress
- December 20, 1978 – Tony Moore, American comic book artist