1978 in history

1978 events chronologically

Jan 1 The Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands becomes effective
Jan 1 Air India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, India, killing 213
Jan 6 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
Jan 13 U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires all blood donations to be labeled "paid" or "volunteer" donors
Jan 18 The roof structure of the Hartford Civic Center collapses after a significant snowfall
Jan 18 The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture
Jan 19 The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003

Top 7 most famous people born in 1978

Jan 28 Gianluigi Buffon an Italian goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. He is the record appearance holder for Italy, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Buffon is known for his "outstanding shot-stopping" and for being "a vocal organizer of the defense and a key dressing room personality." He is currently the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his £32.6m transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001. Buffon also holds the record for the most clean sheets in Serie A, and with the Italian national team
Mar 11 Didier Drogba an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League as a striker, and is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player. He has also been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009
Jun 20 Frank Lampard an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder or defensive midfielder for Manchester City on loan from New York City He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, where he played for 13 years, and is considered by a number of journalists and football experts to be one of the best midfielders of his generation. He has been described by previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate John Terry as Chelsea's greatest ever player
Jun 29 Nicole Scherzinger an American recording artist, actress and television personality. After reaching one-hit wonder success with girl group Eden's Crush, she signed with Interscope Records in 2003 as a member of The Pussycat Dolls, a burlesque troupe turned-recording act. During her time as lead singer, Scherzinger generated controversy concerning the emphasis of her role in the group. The group established themselves as a prominent girl group with the release of their debut album, PCD which spawned the number one hits "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu". A hiatus saw the cancellation of a solo album
Aug 23 Kobe Bryant an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 16-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. As of March 2013, he ranks third and fourth on the league's all-time postseason scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists, respectively. He is the son of former NBA player, Joe Bryant
Oct 26 CM Punk an American retired professional wrestler best known for his time in WWE. He is titled in the company as "the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era", having held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013. Punk is officially recognized as the sixth-longest reigning WWE Champion of all time
Dec 17 Manny Pacquiao a Filipino professional boxer, basketball player, politician, actor, and singer.

Top 7 most famous people died in 1978

Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey an American politician who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon Johnson, from 1965 to 1969. Humphrey twice served in the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. He was the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 1968 presidential election, losing to the Republican nominee, Richard Nixon
Jan 14 Kurt Gödel an Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher. Considered with Aristotle and Gottlob Frege to be one of the most significant logicians in history, Gödel made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century, a time when others such as Bertrand Russell, N. Whitehead, and David Hilbert were pioneering the use of logic and set theory to understand the foundations of mathematics
May 1 Aram Khachaturian a Soviet Armenian composer and conductor. He is considered one of the leading Soviet composers
Aug 6 Pope Paul VI born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini , reigned from 21 June 1963 to his death in 1978. Succeeding Pope John XXIII, he continued the Second Vatican Council which he closed in 1965, implementing its numerous reforms, and fostered improved ecumenical relations with Eastern Orthodox and Protestants, which resulted in many historic meetings and agreements
Sep 28 Pope John Paul I born Albino Luciani , reigned 26 August 1978 to his sudden death 33 days later. His reign is among the shortest in papal history, resulting in the most recent Year of Three Popes, the first to occur since 1605. John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, ending a succession of Italian-born popes that started with Clement VII in 1523. He was declared a Servant of God by his successor, John Paul II, on 23 November 2003, the first step on the road to sainthood
Nov 27 Harvey Milk an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s
Dec 8 Golda Meir an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.