November 1978 in history

November 1978 events chronologically

Nov 3 Dominica gains its independence from the United Kingdom
Nov 12 Pope John Paul II takes possession of his Cathedral Church, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, as the Bishop of Rome
Nov 15 A chartered Douglas DC-8 crashes near Colombo, Sri Lanka, killing 183
Nov 18 In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children. Congressman Leo Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier
Nov 23 Cyclone kills about 1000 people in Eastern Sri Lanka
Nov 27 The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is founded in the city of Riha (Urfa) in Turkey
Nov 27 In San Francisco, city mayor George Moscone and openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White

Top 7 most famous people born in November 1978

Nov 7 Rio Ferdinand an English professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a centre-back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads
Nov 7 Mohamed Aboutrika a retired Egyptian footballer. Aboutrika played as a second striker and as an attacking midfielder for Tersana, Al Ahly in Egypt, and Baniyas in UAE. He was also one of the most notable stars in the Egyptian national team
Nov 8 Ali Karimi a retired Iranian footballer and the current assistant manager of the Iranian national team. He has played for Fath Tehran, Persepolis, Al-Ahli Dubai, Bayern Munich, Qatar SC, Steel Azin, Schalke 04, Tractor Sazi, and the Iran national team for which he scored 38 goals in 127 appearances. In 2004 he became the fourth Iranian player to win the Asian Footballer of the Year. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2013–14 season and, on 11 April 2014, played the final game of his 18-year career
Nov 17 Rachel McAdams a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as My Name Is Tanino, Perfect Pie and Slings and Arrows. In 2002, she made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. McAdams found fame in 2004, co-starring in the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she co-starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the family drama The Family Stone. She was hailed by the media as Hollywood's new "it girl", and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Rising Star
Nov 24 Katherine Heigl an American actress and film producer. She is possibly best known for her role as Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2010, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007. She also starred in films, such as Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Knocked Up, 27 Dresses, The Ugly Truth, Killers, Life As We Know It and New Year's Eve, and in 2014 she is currently the main character in State Of Affairs
Nov 30 Clay Aiken an American singer–songwriter, television personality, actor, author, politician and activist. Aiken was the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election
Nov 30 Gael García Bernal a Mexican film actor, director, and producer. He founded Canana Films in Mexico City

Top 7 most famous people died in November 1978

Nov 8 Norman Rockwell a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine for more than four decades. Among the best-known of Rockwell's works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace and the Four Freedoms series. He is also noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boy Scouts of America , producing covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations. These works include popular images that reflect the Scout Oath and Scout Law such as The Scoutmaster, A Scout is Reverent, and A Guiding Hand among many others
Nov 15 Margaret Mead an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured author and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard College in New York City, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University
Nov 18 Jim Jones an American sect leader and community organizer. Jones was the founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple, best known for the mass suicide in November 1978 of 913 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana, and the murder of five individuals at a nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan. Over 300 children were murdered at Jonestown, almost all of them by cyanide poisoning. Jones died from a gunshot wound to the head; it is suspected his death was a suicide
Nov 18 Lennie Tristano a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and teacher of jazz improvisation. Historically important are the first recorded free group improvisations , his preoccupation with atonality and counterpoint, as well as his early experimentations with recording techniques such as overdubbing. In addition, his work as a jazz educator meant that he exerted a substantial influence on jazz through figures such as Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh
Nov 18 Leo Ryan an American teacher and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative as a member of the Democratic Party. He represented California's 11th congressional district from 1973 until he was shot to death in Guyana by members of the Peoples Temple, shortly before the Jonestown Massacre in 1978. He is arguably the only sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives to have been assassinated in office
Nov 20 Giorgio de Chirico an Italian artist. In the years before World War I, he founded the scuola metafisica art movement, which profoundly influenced the surrealists. After 1919, he became interested in traditional painting techniques, and worked in a neoclassical or neo-Baroque style, while frequently revisiting the metaphysical themes of his earlier work
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