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1978 Historical Event(s)
- January 26, 1978 – The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h).
- February 7, 1978 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Horse in Chinese astrology.
- March 22, 1978 – Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- April 7, 1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
- May 3, 1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as “spam”) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.
- July 25, 1978 – The Cerro Maravilla incident occurs.
- 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 12, 1978 – Pope John Paul II takes possession of his Cathedral Church, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, as the Bishop of Rome.
- December 10, 1978 – Arab-Israeli conflict: Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin and President of Egypt Anwar Sadat are jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- 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?
- March 31, 1978 – Tony Yayo, American rapper
- April 25, 1978 – Matt Walker, British swimmer
- June 18, 1978 – Wang Liqin, Chinese table tennis player
- July 18, 1978 – Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
- August 5, 1978 – Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
- September 19, 1978 – Ramin Karimloo, Iranian/Canadian musical theater actor
- October 31, 1978 – Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
- November 6, 1978 – Jolina Magdangal, Filipina singer, actress and television host
- November 23, 1978 – Kayvan Novak, English actor