August 1978 in history

August 1978 events chronologically

Aug 7 U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of
Aug 10 Three members of the Ulrich family are killed in an accident. This leads to the Ford Pinto litigation
Aug 12 The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China is signed
Aug 13 One hundred fifty Palestinians in Beirut are killed in a terrorist attack during the second phase of the Lebanese Civil War
Aug 17 Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey, France near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine
Aug 22 The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FLSN) occupies national palace in Nicaragua
Aug 26 Papal conclave: Pope John Paul I is elected to the Papacy

Top 7 most famous people born in August 1978

Aug 4 Kurt Busch an American stock car racing driver. He competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing
Aug 6 Marisa Miller an American model and actress best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and her work for Victoria's Secret. After a stint shooting with photographer Mario Testino for fashion magazines such as Vogue, Miller began working for both companies in 2002. In 2007, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel, and graced the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to record-setting numbers. Her accomplishments have led to her being dubbed the "return of the great American supermodel."
Aug 8 Louis Saha a French former professional footballer. Saha was capped 20 times for the French national team and scored four goals. A former scholar at the Clairefontaine football academy, he started his career at Metz before playing on loan at Newcastle United. Before the start of the 2000–01 season, Saha moved to Fulham where he established himself as first-choice striker, helping them to gain promotion to the Premier League in his first season with them
Aug 18 Andy Samberg David J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and member of the comedy group The Lonely Island. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live , where he and his fellow group members have been credited with popularizing the SNL Digital Shorts. He also starred in Hot Rod, I Love You, Man, That's My Boy, Celeste and Jesse Forever and Hotel Transylvania. He currently stars in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for which he won a Golden Globe in 2014
Aug 21 Jason Marquis an American professional baseball pitcher. He has pitched for the Atlanta Braves, Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins
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
Aug 29 Celestine Babayaro a former Nigerian footballer. He was named after Pope Celestine V

Top 7 most famous people died in August 1978

Aug 2 Carlos Chávez a Mexican composer, conductor, music theorist, educator, journalist, and founder and director of the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra. He was influenced by native Mexican cultures. Of his six symphonies, the second, or Sinfonía india, which uses native Yaqui percussion instruments, is probably the most popular
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
Aug 22 Jomo Kenyatta the leader of Kenya from independence in 1963 to his death in 1978, serving first as Prime Minister and then as President. He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation
Aug 22 Ignazio Silone the pseudonym of Secondino Tranquilli, an Italian author and politician.
Aug 24 Louis Prima an American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s
Aug 26 Charles Boyer a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer started on the stage, but he found his success in American movies during the 1930s. His memorable performances were among the era's most highly praised, in romantic dramas such as The Garden of Allah , Algiers , and Love Affair. Another famous role was in the 1944 mystery-thriller Gaslight. He received four Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
Aug 28 Robert Shaw (British actor) an English actor and novelist. With his menacing mutter and intimidating demeanor, he was often cast as a villain. He is best remembered for his performances in From Russia with Love , A Man for All Seasons , The Sting , the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three , Black Sunday , Force 10 from Navarone , The Deep and Jaws , in which he played the shark hunter Quint