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Ab urbe condita 2731
Armenian calendar 1427
Bahá'í calendar 134 – 135
Buddhist calendar 2522
Coptic calendar 1694 – 1695
Ethiopian calendar 1970 – 1971
Hebrew calendar 5738 5739
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 - Vikram Samvat 2033 – 2034
 - Shaka Samvat 1900 – 1901
 - Kali Yuga 5079 – 5080
Holocene calendar 11978
Iranian calendar 1356 – 1357
Islamic calendar 1398 – 1399
Japanese calendar Shōwa


(昭和 53年)

 - Imperial Year Kōki 2638
Julian calendar 2023
Korean calendar 4311
Thai solar calendar 2521
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Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar.



  • January 1
    • The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law.
    • Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747 passenger jet, crashes into the ocean near Bombay, killing 213.
  • January 4 – A referendum in Chile supports the policies of Augusto Pinochet.
  • January 5Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (42nd government)
  • January 6 – The Holy Crown of Hungary (also known as Stephen of Hungary Crown) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held since World War II.
  • January 10Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal, a critic of the Nicaraguan government, is assassinated. Riots erupt against Somoza's government.
  • January 14January 15 – The body of former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, following his death from cancer.
  • January 18 – The European Court of Human Rights finds the British government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture.
  • January 19 – Federal Appeals Court Judge William H. Webster is appointed FBI Director.
  • January 22Ethiopia declares the ambassador of West Germany Persona non grata.
  • January 24
    • Soviet satellite Cosmos 954 burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering debris over Canada's Northwest Territories.
    • Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.
  • January 25January 27 – The Great Blizzard of 1978 strikes the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, killing 70.
  • January 28Richard Chase, the "Vampire of Sacramento", is arrested.



  • March 1Charlie Chaplin's remains are stolen from Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
  • March 2Soyuz 28 (Aleksei Gubarev, Vladimir Remek) is launched on a rendezvous with Salyut 6, with the first cosmonaut from a third country (besides the Soviet Union and United States) – Czechoslovak citizen Vladimír Remek.
  • March 3
    • Ethiopia admits that its troops are fighting with the aid of Cuban soldiers against Somalian troops in the Ogaden.
    • Rhodesia attacks Zambia.
    • The New York Post publishes an article about David Rorvik's book The Cloning of Man, about a supposed cloning of a human being.
  • March 6 – American porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and paralyzed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
  • March 10Soyuz 28 lands.
  • March 11Coastal Road Massacre: Palestinian terrorists kill 34 Israelis.
  • March 14Operation Litani: Israeli forces invade Lebanon.
  • March 15Somalia and Ethiopia signed a truce to end the Ethiopian-Somali War.
  • March 16 – Former Italian Premier Aldo Moro is kidnapped by the Red Brigades; 5 bodyguards are killed.
  • March 17 – The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz runs aground on the coast of Brittany.
  • March 18
    • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan, is sentenced to death by hanging for ordering the assassination of a political opponent.
    • California Jam II is held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, attracting more than 300,000 fans.
  • March 22Karl Wallenda of the Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • March 26 – The control tower and some other facilities of New Tokyo International Airport, which was scheduled to open on March 31, are illegally occupied and damaged by terrorist attack by New Left activists, being forced to reschedule its opening date to May 20.
  • March 28Stump v. Sparkman (435 U.S. 349): The Supreme Court of the United States hands down a 5–3 decision in a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.


  • April 1
    • New Zealand National Airways Corporation the Domestic airline of New Zealand was merged with New Zealand's international airline, Air New Zealand.
    • Dick Smith of Dick Smith Foods tows a fake iceberg to Sydney Harbour.
    • The Philippine College of Commerce, through a presidential decree, is converted to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
  • April 3 – The 50th Academy Awards are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California with Annie Hall winning Best Picture.
  • April 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production of the neutron bomb – a weapon which kills people with radiation but leaves buildings relatively intact.
  • April 8 – Regular radio broadcasts of British Parliament proceedings start.
  • April 9Somali military officers stage an unsuccessful coup against the government of Siad Barre; security forces thwart the attempt within hours, and several conspirators are arrested.
  • April 10Volkswagen becomes the second (after Rolls-Royce) non-American automobile manufacturer to open a plant in the United States, commencing production of the Rabbit, the North American version of the Volkswagen Golf, at the Volkswagen Westmoreland Assembly Plant near New Stanton, Pennsylvania with a unionized (UAW) workforce (the plant closes in 1992.)
  • April 141978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against an attempt by Soviet authorities to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • April 18 – The U.S. Senate votes 68–32 to turn the Panama Canal over to Panamanian control on December 31, 1999.
  • April 22
    • Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta win the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 for Israel with their song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi".
    • The One Love Peace Concert is held at National Heroes Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Bob Marley unites 2 opposing political leaders at this concert, bringing peace to the civil war-ridden streets of the city.
  • April 25St. Paul, Minnesota becomes the second U.S. city to repeal its gay rights ordinance after Anita Bryant's successful 1977 anti-gay campaign in Dade County, Florida.
  • April 27Afghanistan President Daoud Khan is killed during a military coup; Nur Mohammed Taraki succeeds him.
  • April 30 – The Democratic Republic of Afghanistan is proclaimed under pro-communist leader Nur Mohammed Taraki.


  • May 4
    • Battle of Cassinga occurs in southern Angola.
    • Communist activist Henri Curiel is murdered in Paris.
  • May 5Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his 3,000th major league hit.
  • May 8
    • Norway opens a natural gas field in the Polar Sea.
    • Reinhold Messner (Italy) and Peter Habeler (Austria) made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.
  • May 9 – In Rome, the corpse of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro is found in a red Renault 4.
  • May 12 – In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining centre of the province of Shaba. The Zairean government asks the U.S., France and Belgium to restore order.
  • May 12May 13 – A group of mercenaries led by Bob Denard oust Ali Soilih in the Comoros; 10 local soldiers are killed. Denard forms a new government.
  • May 15 – Students of the University of Tehran riot in Tabriz; the army stops the riot.
  • May 17Charles Chaplin's coffin is found some 15 km from the cemetery from which it was stolen, near Lake Geneva.
  • May 18
    • Soviet dissident Yuri Orlov is sentenced to 7 years hard labor for distributing 'counterrevolutionary material'.
    • Sarajevo is selected to host the 1984 Winter Olympics and Los Angeles is selected to host the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • May 18May 19 – Belgian and French paratroopers fly to Zaire to aid the fight against the rebels.
  • May 19May 20French Foreign Legion paratroopers land in Kolwezi, Zaire, to rescue Europeans in the middle of a civil war.
  • May 20Mavis Hutchinson, 53, becomes the first woman to run across the U.S.; her trek took 69 days.
  • May 22 – Exiled leaders Ahmed Abdallah and Mohammed Ahmed return to the Comoros.
  • May 25 – A bomb explodes in the security section of Northwestern University, wounding a security guard (the first Unabomber attack).
  • May 26 – In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.
  • May 28Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins his third race, and the first for car owner Jim Hall.
  • May 29Ali Soilih is found dead in the Comoros, allegedly shot when trying to escape.


  • June 1 – The 1978 FIFA World Cup starts in Argentina.
  • June 3 – The Congo Republic recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • June 6California voters approve Proposition 13, which slashes property taxes nearly 60%.
  • June 9The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends the priesthood and temple blessings to 'all worthy males', ending a general policy of excluding 'Canaanites' from Priesthood ordination and temple ordinances.
  • June 12 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is sentenced to 365 years in prison.
  • June 15 – King Hussein of Jordan marries 26-year-old Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.
  • June 19
    • Cricketer Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take 8 wickets in 1 inning of a Test match.
    • Garfield, which eventually becomes the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
  • June 20 – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, killing 45 people, injuring hundreds and damaging some of the city's Byzantine landmarks.
  • June 21
    • A shootout between Provisional IRA members and the British Army leaves 1 civilian and 3 IRA men dead.
    • 1978 Iranian Chinook shootdown: Iranian helicopters stray into Soviet airspace and are shot down.
  • June 22
    • Charon, a satellite of Pluto, is discovered.
    • São Tomé and Príncipe recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • June 23Panamá recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • June 24
    • Yemen Arab Republic President Ahmad al-Ghashmi is killed.
    • The Gay & Lesbian Solidarity March is held in Sydney, Australia to mark 10th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (which later becomes the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras; later incorporating a festival).
  • June 25Argentina defeats the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time to win the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
  • June 26 – A bombing by Breton nationalists causes destruction in Versailles.
  • June 28
    • The U.S. scientific satellite Seasat is launched.
    • University of California Regents v. Bakke: The Supreme Court of the United States bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms the constitutionality of programs which give advantages to minorities.
  • June 30Ethiopia begins a massive offensive in Eritrea.


  • July 3Amazon Cooperation Treaty (ACT) signed.
  • July 7 – The Solomon Islands become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • July 11 – More than 200 tourists die in an explosion of a tanker-truck at a campsite in Costa Daurada, Spain.
  • July 25
    • Cerro Maravilla incident: Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists are killed in a police ambush.
    • Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby, is born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK.


  • August 6Pope Paul VI dies in Castelgandolfo.
  • August 17Double Eagle II becomes the first balloon to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean, flying from Presque Isle, Maine, to Miserey, France.
  • August 26Pope John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.


September 6: Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin meet on the Aspen Cabin patio at Camp David.

  • September 5Camp David Accords: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin the peace process at Camp David, Maryland.
  • September 7 – In London, England, a poison-filled pellet, supposedly injected using an umbrella, poisons Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov, probably on orders of Bulgarian intelligence; he dies 4 days later.
  • September 8 – Iranian Army troops open fire on rioters in Teheran, killing 122, wounding 4,000.
  • September 16 – General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq officially assumes the post of President of Pakistan.
  • September 17 – The Camp David Accords are signed between Israel and Egypt.
  • September 19 – Police in the West Midlands of England launch a massive murder hunt, when 13-year-old newspaper boy Carl Bridgewater is shot dead after disturbing a burglary.
  • September 20 – General Rahimuddin Khan assumes the post of Martial Law Governor of Balochistan.
  • September 25
    • PSA Flight 182, a Boeing 727, collides with a small private airplane and crashes in San Diego, California; 144 are killed.
    • Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello makes its first appearance on Live from the Met, in a complete production of the opera starring Jon Vickers. This is the first complete television broadcast of the opera in the U.S. since the historic 1948 one.
  • September 27 – The last Forest Brother guerrilla movement fighter is discovered and killed in Estonia.
  • September 28Pope John Paul I dies after only 33 days of papacy.


  • October 1
  • October 2
    • The New York Yankees defeat the Boston Red Sox 5–4 at Fenway Park to clinch the AL East after being 14 games out of first place only two months earlier. The Yankees would eventually go on to defeat the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers and win the World Series.
  • October 7Wranslide in New South Wales: the Wran government is re-elected with an increased majority.
  • October 8Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.6 mph (511.13 km/h at Blowering Dam, Australia.
  • October 10
    • Daniel arap Moi becomes president of Kenya.
    • A massive short circuit in Seasat's electrical system ends the satellite's scientific mission.
    • United States President Jimmy Carter signs a bill that authorizes the minting of the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
  • October 14
  • October 16Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I as the 264th pope. He is the first Polish pope in history, and the first non-Italian in more than 450 years.
  • October 17 – The New York Yankees clinch their 22nd World Series championship, defeating the Dodgers 7–2 in Los Angeles and winning the Series 4 games to 2.
  • October 20 – The first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is held as a protest march and commemoration of the Stonewall Riots.
  • October 27 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin win the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.


  • November 2: 8:00 pm – The Republic of Ireland's second television channel RTÉ 2 goes on air (renamed Network 2, 1988; RTÉ Network Two, 1995; N2, 1997; and RTÉ Two in 2004).
  • November 3
  • November 5 – Rioters sack the British Embassy in Tehran.
  • November 7
    • Indira Gandhi is re-elected to the Indian parliament.
    • California voters defeat the Briggs Initiative that would have prohibited gay school teachers.
  • November 9Tanzania recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • November 18Jonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is assassinated by members of Peoples Temple shortly beforehand.
  • November 19 – The first U.S. Take Back the Night march occurs in San Francisco.
  • November 27 – In San Francisco, California, Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White.
  • November 30 – Publication of The Times is suspended due to labor problems until November 13, 1979.


  • December 4Dianne Feinstein succeeds the murdered George Moscone as San Francisco, California's first woman mayor (she serves until January 8, 1988).
  • December 6 – The Spanish Constitution officially restores the country's democratic government.
  • December 11
    • Lufthansa heist: Six men rob a Lufthansa cargo facility in New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
    • Two million demonstrate against the Shah in Iran.
  • December 13 – The first Susan B. Anthony dollar enters circulation.
  • December 15Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first major American city to go into default since the Great Depression, under Mayor Dennis Kucinich.
  • December 16 – Train 87 from Nanjing to Xining collides with train 368 from Xi'an to Xuzhou near Yangzhuang railway station in China, killing 106, injuring 218.
  • December 19 – Former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi is arrested and jailed for a week for breach of privilege and contempt of parliament.
  • December 22
    • 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.
    • Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was subsequently convicted of the murder of 33 young men, is arrested.
    • Argentina started the Operation Soberanía against Chile.
  • December 25Vietnam launches a major offensive against the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia.
  • December 27 – The Constitution of Spain is approved in a referendum, officially ending 40 years of military dictatorship.

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  • Artificial insulin is invented.
  • David Rorvik claims he has participated in a creation of a human clone in his book In His Image.
  • Abortion is legalized in Italy for the first time.
  • In Seoul, Korea, construction begins on Seoul Subway Line 2.
  • Ford initiates a recall for the Pinto because of a public outcry resulting from deaths associated with gas tank explosions



Karina Smirnoff

  • January 1Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
  • January 2
    • Toyoguchi Megumi, Japanese voice actress
    • Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian dancer
  • January 3
    • Kimberley Locke, American singer and model
    • Park Sol-mi, South Korean actress
  • January 4Karine Ruby, French snowboarder (d. 2009)
  • January 5Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • January 7Emilio Palma, Argentine citizen, first human born in Antarctica
  • January 9
    • Chad Ocho Cinco, American football player
    • AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
  • January 10Kanako Mitsuhashi, Japanese voice actress
  • January 11Emile Heskey, English football player
  • January 14Shawn Crawford, American runner
  • January 15Franco Pellizotti, Italian professional road racing cyclist
  • January 19Bamboo Mañalac, Filipino musician and singer
  • January 24Mark Hildreth, Canadian actor/voice actor
  • January 25Gordie Dwyer Former NHL player and coach
  • January 26Kelly Stables, American actress
  • January 28
    • Gianluigi Buffon, Italian goalkeeper (football)
    • Jamie Carragher, English footballer
  • January 31Ibolya Oláh, Hungarian singer


Ashton Kutcher

  • February 2
    • Barry Ferguson, Scottish footballer
    • Guido Kaczka, Argentine television show host and actor
  • February 5
    • Brian Russell, American football player
    • Samuel Sánchez, Spanish road bicycle racer
  • February 7Ashton Kutcher, American actor (That '70s Show)
  • February 12
    • Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter
    • Silver Meikar, Estonian politician
  • February 13Niklas Bäckström, Finnish hockey player (Minnesota Wild)
  • February 14
    • Richard Hamilton, American basketball player
    • Darius Songaila, Lithuanian basketball player
  • February 15Tuan Le, American poker player
  • February 16
    • John Tartaglia, American Broadway actor and Muppeteer
    • Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • February 17Jacob Wetterling, American child kidnapping victim (missing since 1989)
  • February 19Kenyatta Wright, American football linebacker
  • February 20Julia Jentsch, German actress
  • February 22
    • Jordhy Ledesma, Dominican Republic web architect and poet
    • Jenny Frost, English singer (Atomic Kitten)
  • February 23Dan Snyder, Canadian hockey player (d. 2003)
  • February 24Leon Constantine, British Leeds United footballer
  • February 27Kakha Kaladze, Georgian and AC Milan footballer
  • February 28
    • Benjamin Raich, Austrian Olympic skier
    • Jeanne Cherhal, French singer-songwriter
    • Yasir Hameed, Pakistani Cricketer


Jensen Ackles

  • March 1
    • Jensen Ackles, American actor
    • Donovan Patton, Guamanian television star
  • March 2Tomas Kaberle, Czech hockey player
  • March 4Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • March 6Sage Rosenfels, American football player
  • March 10Benjamin Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
  • March 11Didier Drogba, Ivorian footballer
  • March 12
    • Masuimi Max, American fetish model
    • Neal Obermeyer, American editorial cartoonist
  • March 13
    • Tom Danielson, American cyclist
    • Kenny Watson, American football player
  • March 14
    • Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
    • Carl Johan Bergman, Swedish biathlete
    • Moon Hee Jun, Korean singer
    • Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (d. 2001)
  • March 17Jason M. Burns, American writer
  • March 21Rani Mukherji, Indian actress
  • March 22Josh Heupel, American football player
  • March 23
    • Simon Gärdenfors, Swedish cartoonist and radio host
    • Nicholle Tom, American actress
  • March 29Igor Rakocevic, Serbian basketball player
  • March 31
    • Stephen Clemence, English footballer
    • Jérôme Rothen, French footballer


Matthew Goode

James Franco

  • April 1
    • Vitor Belfort, Brazilian martial artist
    • Antonio de Nigris, Mexican footballer (d. 2009)
  • April 3
    • Matthew Goode, English actor
    • John Smit, South African rugby union player
  • April 4Jason Ellison, American baseball player and Sam Moran, yellow Wiggle from November 30, 2006 to January 18,2012.
  • April 5Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • April 6
    • Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
    • Myleene Klass, English singer (Hear'Say), pianist, media personality and model
  • April 7Duncan James, English singer (Blue)
  • April 9
    • Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
    • Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7)
  • April 12Guy Berryman, Scottish musician
  • April 13Kyle Howard, American television and movie actor
  • April 16
    • Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
    • Lara Dutta, Indian actress and Miss Universe 2000
  • April 17
    • Jason White, Scottish rugby union player
    • Juan Guillermo Castillo, Uruguayan goalkeeper
  • April 19James Franco, American actor
  • April 20
    • Mirei Kuroda, Japanese gravure idol
    • Matt Austin, Canadian actor
  • April 21Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • April 23Princess Tamara Czartoryski-Borbon, Spanish athlete
  • April 25Duncan Kibet, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • April 28Nate Richert, American musician and former actor


Jason Biggs

David Krumholtz

  • May 3
    • Lawrence Tynes, American football player
    • Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips, son of Anne, Princess Royal
  • May 4
    • Erin Andrews, ESPN personality
    • Daisuke Ono, Japanese voice actor
  • May 6Aleksandr Fyodorov, Russian bodybuilder
  • May 7
    • Brian Clevinger, American author
    • Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • May 8Josie Maran, American supermodel and actress
  • May 9Marwan al-Shehhi, United Arab Emirates hijacker (d. 2001)
  • May 10
    • Kenan Thompson, American actor (Saturday Night Live)
    • Marcelo Moretto, Brazilian footballer
  • May 11Laetitia Casta, French supermodel and actress
  • May 12
    • Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
    • Jason Biggs, American actor
    • Aya Ishiguro, Japanese singer, writer, and fashion designer
  • May 13
    • Mike Bibby, American basketball player
    • Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • May 15
    • Caroline Dhavernas, French-Canadian actress
    • Dwayne De Rosario, Canadian footballer
    • David Krumholtz, American actor
    • Krissy Taylor, American model (d. 1995)
  • May 18Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • May 19Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • May 21
    • Adam Gontier, lead singer of Canadian band Three Days Grace
    • Briana Banks, German-American porn star
  • May 22Katie Price (Jordan), English model and television personality
  • May 23
    • Scott Raynor, Drummer and founding member of Blink-182
    • Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • May 25Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • May 26Benji Gregory, former American actor
  • May 29
    • Lorenzo Odone, American adrenoleukodystrophy patient (d. 2008)
    • Adam Rickitt, English actor, singer and model


Zoe Saldana

Nicole Scherzinger

  • June 1Antonietta Di Martino, Italian high-jumper
  • June 2
    • Nikki Cox, American actress
    • Ian Edmond, British swimmer
  • June 4Simone Maludrottu, Italian boxer
  • June 6
    • Judith Barsi, American child actress (d. 1988)
    • Carl Barât, English musician
  • June 7Bill Hader, American actor (Saturday Night Live)
  • June 8Maria Menounos, American actress, journalist, and television presenter
  • June 9Miroslav Klose, German football player
  • June 10
    • Shane West, American actor
    • Han Hee-Won, South Korean golfer
    • Karl Scully, Irish tenor
  • June 11Joshua Jackson, Canadian actor
  • June 15
    • Wilfred Bouma, Dutch football player
    • Anna Torv, Australian actress
  • June 19
    • Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball player
    • Mía Maestro, Argentine actress
    • Zoe Saldana, American actress
  • June 20
    • Quinton Jackson, American mixed martial arts fighter
    • Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • June 21
    • Erica Durance, Canadian actress
    • Jean-Pascal Lacoste, French singer, actor and TV host
  • June 22
    • Champ Bailey, American football player
    • Dan Wheldon, English race car driver (d. 2011)
    • Tim Driesen, Belgian actor and singer-songwriter
  • June 24
    • Emppu Vuorinen, Finnish rock musician (Nightwish)
    • Juan Roman Riquelme, Argentine football player
    • Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese football player
  • June 25
    • Aftab Shivdasani, Indian actor
    • Marcus Stroud, American football player
    • Layla El, British wrestler
    • Aramis Ramírez, Dominican baseball player
  • June 27
    • Anna Kumble, English pop singer and TV presenter
    • Stephen Omari, Ghanaian lecturer
  • June 28Ha Ji-won, South Korean actress and singer
  • June 29Nicole Scherzinger, American pop lead singer (Pussycat Dolls)
  • June 30
    • Ben Cousins, Australian rules footballer
    • Pat Dennis, American football player


Topher Grace

Josh Hartnett

  • July 1Hillary Tuck, American actress
  • July 3Mizuki Noguchi, Japanese long-distance runner
  • July 4
    • Tony Reali, American sports personality
    • Becki Newton, American actress
  • July 6
    • Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby union footballer
    • Tia and Tamera Mowry, American actresses
  • July 8
    • Rachel Lillis, American actress
    • Eve Myles, Welsh actress
  • July 9
    • Linda Park, Korean-born actress
    • Mark Medlock, German pop singer (Deutschland sucht den Superstar's Season 4)
  • July 12
    • Bradley Eustace, Australian composer
    • Topher Grace, American actor
    • Michelle Rodriguez, American actress
  • July 15Greg Sestero, French-American actor and model
  • July 18
    • Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
    • Ben Sheets, American baseball player
  • July 20
    • Charlie Korsmo, American former child actor
    • Elliott Yamin, American singer
  • July 21
    • Josh Hartnett, American actor
    • Justin Bartha, American actor
    • Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer
  • July 23
    • Stuart Elliott, Northern Irish footballer
    • Stefanie Sun, Singapore singer
  • July 25
    • Louise Brown, British citizen, first human born through in vitro fertilization
    • Gerard Warren, American football player
  • July 26Jehad Muntasser, Libyan footballer


Kobe Bryant

  • August 3Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer
  • August 4Kurt Busch, American race-car driver
  • August 6
    • Marisa Miller, American supermodel
    • Freeway, American rapper
    • Peng Cheng-min, Taiwanese baseball player
  • August 7
    • Alexandre Aja, French director
    • Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
  • August 8Countess Vaughn, American actress
  • August 17
    • Vibeke Stene, Norwegian rock singer (Tristania)
    • Jelena Karleuša,Serbian Pop Singer
  • August 18
    • James Corden, English actor and comedian
    • Andy Samberg, American actor and comedian
  • August 21
    • Reuben Droughns, American football player
    • Alan Lee, Irish footballer
  • August 23Kobe Bryant, American basketball player
  • August 24Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player
  • August 25Kel Mitchell, American actor
  • August 28Kelly Overton, American actress
  • August 29Danielle Hampton, Canadian actress
  • August 30Swizz Beatz, American record producer and rapper


File:Wes Bentley in Chicago.jpg

Wes Bentley

  • September 4Wes Bentley, American actor
  • September 6
    • Mathew Horne, English actor
    • Homare Sawa, Japanese footballer
  • September 7Devon Sawa, Canadian actor
  • September 11
    • Ed Reed, American football player
    • Ben Lee, Australian singer
  • September 12Ruben Studdard, American singer
  • September 14Ben Cohen, English rugby union player
  • September 15Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic football player
  • September 17Jennifer Rosales, Filipino golfer
  • September 20
    • Jason Bay, Canadian baseball player
    • Patrizio Buanne, Italian singer
    • Sarit Hadad, Israeli pop singer
  • September 22Harry Kewell, Australian footballer
  • September 23Worm Miller, American screenwriter, director, actor
  • September 24Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer
  • September 25Jodie Kidd, English model
  • September 29Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer
  • September 30Candice Michelle, American professional wrestler and model



Matthew Morrison

CM Punk

  • October 2Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • October 3Shannyn Sossamon, American actress
  • October 4
    • Kei Horie, Japanese actor
    • Mark Day, Canadian actor
  • October 5
    • Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer
    • Morgan Webb, television personality, gameshow host
  • October 9Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • October 10Francis Escudero, Filipino congressman, senator (Chiz)
  • October 14
    • Paul Hunter, English snooker player (d. 2006)
    • Usher Raymond IV, American singer and actor
  • October 18
    • Wesley Jonathan, American actor
    • Mike Tindall, husband of Zara Phillips, daughter of Anne, Princess Royal
  • October 20
    • Kira, German singer
    • Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • October 21Joey Harrington, American football player
  • October 24Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer
  • October 25
    • Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer
    • Zachary Knighton, American actor
  • October 26
    • Antonio Pierce, American football player
    • Phil "CM Punk" Brooks, American professional wrestler
  • October 27Vanessa-Mae, Singaporean violinist
  • October 28Justin Guarini, American singer
  • October 29Travis Henry, American football player
  • October 30Matthew Morrison, American actor and singer


Rachel McAdams

Katherine Heigl

  • November 1Manju Warriar, Indian actress
  • November 5Bubba Watson, American golfer
  • November 6
    • Taryn Manning, American actress
    • Sandrine Blancke, Belgian actress
  • November 7
    • Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer
    • Mark Read, English singer (A1)
  • November 8Ali Karimi, Iranian football player
  • November 9Sisqó, American actor and singer
  • November 10
    • Eve, American rapper
    • Kyla Cole, Czech model
  • November 11Jyothika, Indian actress
  • November 13Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (d. 2007)
  • November 14
    • Bobby Allen, American ice hockey player
    • Xavier Nady, American baseball player
  • November 17
    • Reggie Wayne, American football player
    • Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress
  • November 18Damien Johnson, Northern Irish footballer
  • November 19Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz musician & singer
  • November 21Annie, Norwegian singer
  • November 24Katherine Heigl, American actress
  • November 25Shiina Ringo, Japanese singer and musician
  • November 26Jun Fukuyama, Japanese voice actor
  • November 27Mike Skinner, English musician
  • November 29Ludwika Paleta, Polish-Mexican actress
  • November 30
    • Emil Steiner, American author
    • Gael Garcia Bernal, Mexican actor


Jesse Metcalfe

Manny Pacquiao

Katie Holmes

  • December 1Mat Kearney, American singer/songwriter and musician
  • December 2Nelly Furtado, Canadian-born singer and songwriter
  • December 5Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • December 7Shiri Appleby, American actress
  • December 8
    • Ian Somerhalder, American actor
    • Vernon Wells, American baseball player
  • December 9
    • Jesse Metcalfe, American actor
    • Gaston Gaudio, Argentine tennis player
  • December 10Brandon Novak, American freestyle skateboarder and TV/radio personality
  • December 12Monica Barladeanu, Romanian actress
  • December 15Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • December 16Joe Absolom, British actor
  • December 17
    • Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxer
    • Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • December 18
    • Daniel Cleary, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Katie Holmes, American actress
  • December 19Patrick Casey, American screenwriter and actor
  • December 20
    • Geremi, Cameroon footballer
    • Jacqueline Saburido, Venezuelan-born drunk driving accident survivor and promoter of non-drunk driving
  • December 21Shaun Morgan, lead singer of South African band Seether
  • December 22Edo Maajka, Bosnian rapper
  • December 23
    • Andra Davis, American football player
    • Jodie Marsh, British model
    • Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
    • Estella Warren, Canadian swimmer, model, and actress
  • December 24Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer
  • December 26Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
  • December 29Alexis Amore, Peruvian actress, dancer, and model
  • December 30Tyrese Gibson, American actor and singer

Date unknown[]

  • Fabian Göranson, Swedish illustrator
  • Shubham Gupta, Indian writer



  • January 5
    • Wyatt Emory Cooper, American screenwriter and author (b. 1927)
    • Sally Eilers, American actress (b. 1908)
  • January 9Noble Johnson, American actor (b. 1881)

Hubert Humphrey

  • January 13
    • Hubert Humphrey, U.S. Vice President and Senator (b. 1911)
    • Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (b. 1887)
  • January 14
    • Harold Abrahams, English athlete (b. 1899)
    • Kurt Gödel, Austrian-born mathematician (b. 1906)
  • January 18
    • Carl Betz, American actor (b. 1921)
    • Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective (b. 1890)
  • January 22Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer (b. 1894)
  • January 23
    • Terry Kath, American rock musician (Chicago) (b. 1946)
    • Jack Oakie, American actor (The Great Dictator) (b. 1903)
  • January 26Leo Genn, English actor (b. 1905)
  • January 27Oskar Homolka, Austrian actor (b. 1898)
  • January 29Tim McCoy, American actor (b. 1891)
  • February 2Wendy Barrie, British actress (b. 1912)
  • February 9Warren King, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • February 11
    • James B. Conant, American chemist and headmaster of Harvard University (b. 1893)
    • Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • February 15Ilka Chase, American actress (b. 1900)
  • February 18Maggie McNamara, American actress (b. 1928)
  • February 22Ernest Palmer, American cinematographer (b. 1885)
  • February 27Vadim Salmanov, Russian composer (b. 1912)
  • February 28
    • Philip Ahn, Korean-American actor (b. 1905)
    • Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • March 1Paul Scott, English writer (b. 1920
  • March 11Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • March 12John Cazale, American actor (b. 1935)
  • March 18
    • Leigh Brackett, American author (b. 1915)
    • Peggy Wood, American actress (b. 1892)
  • March 19Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • March 20Jacques Brugnon, French tennis player (b. 1895)
  • March 21Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh (Carroll Daly), 5th President of Ireland (b. 1911)
  • March 22Karl Wallenda, American circus performer (b. 1905)
  • March 23Haim Ernst Wertheimer, Israeli biochemist, recipient of the Israel Prize (b. 1893)
  • March 31Charles Best, American-born medical scientist (b. 1899)


  • April 8Lon L. Fuller, American legal philosopher (b. 1902)
  • April 9Michael Wilson, American screenwriter (b. 1914)
  • April 14F. R. Leavis, British literary critic (b. 1895)
  • April 16Lucius D. Clay, American military governor of Germany after World War II (b. 1897)
  • April 19Joe Dougherty, first voice of Porky Pig (b. 1898)
  • April 21Sandy Denny, English singer (b. 1947)
  • April 22
    • Basil Dean, English film director and producer (b. 1887)
    • Will Geer, American actor (b. 1902)
  • April 25Leo Najo, American baseball player (b. 1899)
  • April 27John Doeg, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
  • May 1Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903)
  • May 6Ethelda Bleibtrey, American Olympic swimmer (b. 1902)
  • May 8Duncan Grant, Scottish painter (b. 1885)
  • May 9Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1916)
  • May 12Robert Coogan, American actor (b. 1924)
  • May 14Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • May 22Joe Colombo, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • May 26Tamara Karsavina, Russian ballerina (b. 1885)
  • May 28Arthur Brough, British actor (b. 1905)
  • June 7Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • June 9Prince Nicholas of Romania (b. 1903)
  • June 18Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • June 20Mark Robson, Canadian film director (b. 1913)
  • June 22Jens Otto Krag, Danish politician (b. 1914)
  • June 24Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • June 25Barry Brown, American actor and writer (b. 1951)
  • June 27Josette Day, French actress (b. 1914)
  • June 28Clifford Dupont, 1st President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • June 29Bob Crane, American actor (b. 1928)


  • July 1Kurt Student, Luftwaffe general and commander of the German airborne forces during World War II. (b. 1890)
  • July 3James Daly, American actor (b. 1918)
  • July 8Osman Lins, Brazilian novelist (b. 1924)
  • July 10Joe Davis, English snooker and billiards player (b. 1901)
  • July 14Jack Woolgar, British actor (b. 1913)
  • July 16Howard Estabrook, American actor (b. 1884)
  • July 20Gerald Warner Brace, American writer, educator, sailor and boat builder (b. 1901)
  • July 25Masao Koga, Japanese composer (b. 1904)
  • July 30Umberto Nobile, Italian aviator (b. 1885)
  • August 2
    • Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer (b. 1899)
    • Totie Fields, American comedienne (b. 1930)
  • August 4Frank Fontaine, American comedian and singer (b. 1920)
  • August 5Queenie Smith, American actress (b. 1898)
  • August 6
    • Pope Paul VI (b. 1897)
    • Edward Durell Stone, American architect (b. 1902)

Pope Paul VI

File:Joannes paulus I.jpg

Pope John Paul I


Harvey Milk

Date unknown[]

  • Pankaj Mullick, Bengali composer and singer (b. 1904)
  • Mark A. Shaw, American temperance movement leader and Prohibition Party candidate for vice-president in 1964

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsPyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa, Arno Allan Penzias, Robert Woodrow Wilson
  • ChemistryPeter D. Mitchell
  • MedicineWerner Arber, Daniel Nathans, Hamilton O. Smith
  • LiteratureIsaac Bashevis Singer
  • PeaceMohamed Anwar Al-Sadat and Menachem Begin
  • EconomicsHerbert A. Simon

External links[]

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People of the year 1978 at Familypedia

46 people were born in 1978

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Amal Ramzi Alamuddin (1978)
Ana Carolina Ardohaín (1978)
Matthew James Bellamy (1978)George Bellamy (1940)Marilyn Bingham (1950)
Marcey Benedict (1978)Vincent Benedict (1945-1999)Arlene Lawton (1950-1999)
Summer Phoenix (1978)John Lee Bottom (1947)Arlyn Sharon Dunetz (1944)
Estelle Cruijff (1978)Henny Cruijff (1946)
Tamara Czartoryska (1978-)Adam Karol Czartoryski (1940-)Nora Piciotto (1942-)
Maria Rowena David (1978-)
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton (1978)Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton (1938-2010)Sarah Jane Scott (1945-1994)
Rhea Durham (1978)Bradley Durham (1952)Gabriella Lozano (1954)
Nathaniel James Dusing (1978)James A Dusing (bef1978-)Judith A Quallen (bef1978-)
Andrew Gower (1978)
Henry Chase Hager (1978)John Henry Hager (1936)Margaret Dickinson Chase (c1941)
Jane Hawn (1978)Anthony Hawn (1952-1999)Audrey Baginski (1959-2009)
Rafael Hernandez (1978)Miguel Hernandez (1940-2000)Helen Reynolds (1947-2010)
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18 children were born to the 25 women born in 1978

149 people died in 1978

 FatherMotherAge at death
Roland Allen (1898-1978)William Allen (1868-1948)Lillian Merryweather (1868-1944)
Gladys May Arthur (1901-1978)Thomas Moore Arthur (c1858-c1934)Harriet Mary Ann Swale (1861-1945)
Katherine Ashlag (1894-1978)
George Augustine (1916-1978)John Frederick Augustine (1886-1970)Cora Arledge (1886-1963)
Ruth Baker (1885-1978)Robert Baker (1849-1919)Elizabeth Wellard (1849-1926)93
Denise Barthet (1900-1978)
Alice Berliner (1905-1978)
George Alfred Blunt (1912-1978)Harold Edmund Blunt (1884-1975)Ellen A Baxter
Hendrik Bogaard (1898-1978)Jan Gotfried BogaardAgnes Faceel80
Seth Bonet (1922-1978)Abraham Bonet (1895-1960)Lucy Auger (1900-1970)
Sarah Borges (1900-1978)
Emmeline Bradshaw (-1978)Oswald Mosely Bradshaw
Mary Jane Broadaway (1897-1978)Samuel Broadaway (1860-1950)Eliza Randle (1860)81
Clarence Elmer Brown (1894-1978)Augustus Stanfer Brown (1876-1964)Ida Amelia Sweeton (1878-1971)
Elizabeth Jackson Logan Brown (1907-1978)William Blair Brown (1872-1944)Margaret Logan (1875-1963)
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4715 people lived in 1978

Lady Irina Bud de BudfalvaLord János Bud de BudfalvaBaroness Anna Tisza de Borosjenő et Szeged
Tsunekichi Yonogi (1905-2015)Shigeru Yonogi (1876-1940)Miyoko Yonogi (1882-1950)
Rebecca Ababio (1926-1998)
Isabella Abadiano (1930-2003)
Annabelle Abargil (1922-2000)
Jennifer Abaya (1918-1996)
Alysson Abberton (1935-2012)
Julia Abbot (1900-1979)Jordan Abbot (1876-1960)Helen O'Malley (1879-1959)
Anthony Abbott (1911-1993)
Alexander Abel-Smith (1904-1980)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
Henry Abel Smith (1900-1993)Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908)Madeline St. Maur Seymour (1862-1951)
Robert Fuller Abell (1919-2010)Clifford Abell (1875-1965)Jennie Ferne Loshbough (1886-1957)
Elva Alice Abercrombie (1921-1985)Roy Christopher Abercrombie (1888-1959)Alice Elizabeth Harker (c1888-)
Adam Abernathy (1940-2006)James Abernathy (1912-1979)Arlene McGlinchey (1916-2000)
James Abernathy (1912-1979)
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Events of the year 1978 at Familypedia

35 people were married in 1978.

 Joined with
Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017)Margaret Rose of the United Kingdom (1930-2002)+Lucy Mary Davies (1941)+Melanie Jane Cable-Alexander (1963)
Patrick Reginald Boyle, 13th Earl of Cork (1910-1995)Dorothy Kate Ramsden (-1978)+Mary Gabrielle Ginnett (-1999)
Pál Bánffy de Losoncz (1948)Eleonora d’Harnoncourt de la Fontaine-Unverzagt (1953)
Toy Jack Christian (1914-1993)Ella Mae Bowles (c1917-)+Violet Dair Reid (1930-)+Nina Louise Lamb (1924-2012)
Cristina Domițian (c1957)Răzvan Dudescu (1953)
Răzvan Dudescu (1953)Cristina Domițian (c1957)
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart (1926-2014)Luis Martínez de Irujo (1919-1972)+Jesús Aguirre y Ortiz de Zárate (1934-2001)+Alfonso Díez Carabantes (1950)
Jeannette Zonsejnas Grauer (1949-2017)Diego Malinger Saporta (1956-2012)
Mark Richard Hamill (1951)Marilou York
Elizabeth Ann "Beth" HendryMichael Gennusa+Devon Goodman
Miklós Konkoly-Thege (1953)Katalin Kovács (1953)
Jacobus A.A. Korver (1953-)Johanna M. Hoffer (1948-)
Paulus J. Korver (1956-)Astrid Kruyer (1957-)
Katalin Kovács (1953)Miklós Konkoly-Thege (1953)
Henry Dargan McMaster (1947)Peggy Anderson (1946)
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There were 1 military battles in 1978.

 Event date
Battle of Nezhatina Niva (1078)3 October 1978
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