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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1978 AD


January 1: Air India B747 explodes near Bombay killing 213
January 1: President Ford signs 1st major revision of copyright law since 1909
January 1: "Your Arm's Too Short..." closes at Lyceum New York City after 429 performances
January 2: Bulent Ecevit forms government in Turkey
January 2: Rhino Records releases their 1st album "Wildmania"
January 3: Chandrasekar takes 6-52 and 6-52 at MCG in Indian innings win
January 6: 1st postage stamp copyrighted by U.S. (Carl Sandburg stamp)
January 6: U.S. hand over St. Stephan crown to Hungary
January 7: Angola revises its constitution
January 8: Israeli government votes to 'strengthen' settlements in occupied Sinai
January 9: Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
January 10: Soyuz 27 carring 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station, launched
January 11: Governor Askew dedicates RCUC solar office building
January 11: Soyuz 27 links with Salyut 6 and Soyuz 26 (1st time 3 spacecraft link)
January 14: Sex Pistols' final concert (Winterland, SF)
January 15: Superbowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Superbowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE and Randy White, Dallas, DT
January 15: Theodore Bundy kills Florida State University coeds Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman
January 16: 5th American Music Award: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac and C Twitty
January 16: Soyuz 27 returns to Earth
January 18: Geoff Boycott captains England for the 1st time, vs. Pak Karachi
January 18: Roof of 3-yr-old Civic Center in Hartford, Ct collapses (no injuries)
January 18: Thiokol conducts 2nd test firing of space shuttle's SRB
January 19: Eddie Mathews elected to Hall of Fame
January 19: Judge William H Webster appointed head of FBI
January 20: Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
January 21: Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
January 23: Belgian industrial Haron Empain kidnapped in Paris
January 23: NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
January 24: 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
January 24: Carter Executive Order on Intelligence
January 25: Muriel Humphrey (D-Mn) appointed to fill late husband's Senate seat
January 25: Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin and $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
January 26: Frank Herbert completes his novel "Destination: Void"
January 26: International Ultraviolet Explorer placed in Earth orbit
January 26: Mario Soares forms Portuguese government
January 26: Strikers riot in Tunisia, killing about 40
January 28: "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
January 28: Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
January 28: Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife
January 29: Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
January 30: Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
January 30: Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio
January 31: "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 101 performances
January 31: Israel turns 3 military outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements


February 1: Director Roman Polanski skips bail and fled to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl
February 1: Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp
February 3: Australia beat India 3-2 on 6th day of final test
February 3: India needing 493 to beat Australia at Adelaide, all out 445
February 5: Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
February 6: Muriel Humphrey, Senator-D-Minnesota 1978, wife of late Hubert Humphrey takes his office
February 6: Snowstorm hits New England, parts of RI (54" (137cm))
February 7: Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
February 8: Crown Prince Sad Abdallah al-Salim Al Sabah becomes Prime Minister of Kuwait
February 10: Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA
February 11: 16 Unification church couples wed in New York City
February 11: 25th hat trick in Islander history-Denis Potvin
February 11: China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Dickens
February 11: EOKA organization disbands in Cyprus
February 12: Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
February 12: "Jesus Christ Superstar" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 96 performances
February 12: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
February 12: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
February 13: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 14: 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
February 14: In girls' High School basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St. George
February 15: England all out 64 for 1st loss to New Zealand in cricket (Boycott captain)
February 15: Escaped mass murderer Ted Bundy recaptured, Pensacola, Florida
February 15: Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
February 15: Zaire revises constitution
February 16: 1st Computer Bulletin Board System (Ward and Randy's CBBS, Chicago)
February 18: 1st Iron Man Triathlon held, Kona, Hawaii
February 19: Brigitte Kraus runs world record 1000 m indoor (2:34.8)
February 19: Coleman, Comden and Green's musical premieres in New York City
February 19: "On the 20th Century" opens at St. James Theater New York City for 460 performances
February 20: 4th People's Choice Awards: Star Wars, Carol Burnett and Bob Hope
February 20: Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
February 20: Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
February 20: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
February 22: 2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tennessee
February 23: 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
February 24: Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game
February 25: Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 vs. New Zealand Christchurch
February 26: Ira Levin's "Deathtrap," premieres in New York City
February 26: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
February 27: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island


March 1: Charlie Chaplin's coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery
March 1: "Timbuktu!" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 243 performances
March 2: 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV
March 2: Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
March 3: 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI vs. Australia)
March 3: Charles Chaplin's remains are stolen in Switzerland
March 4: Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
March 5: "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 152 performances
March 5: Landsat 3 launched from Vandenberg AFB, California
March 7: Belgian baron Charles Bracht kidnapped
March 7: Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
March 7: Dutch 2nd Chamber votes against neutron bomb
March 9: Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk and Karponosov
March 9: Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina and Zaitsev (URS)
March 9: Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR)
March 9: Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
March 10: Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
March 11: Terrorists attack mail truck at Tel Aviv, 45 killed
March 11: USF-led Bill Cartwright scores 23 points as the Dons oust NC
March 12: Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)
March 12: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
March 13: Moluccans "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
March 14: Marines terminate Molukse action in Province house (1 dead)
March 14: NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
March 15: A's trade Vida Blue to Giants for 7 players and $390,000
March 15: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
March 15: Operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
March 16: Amoco Cadiz spills 223,000 tons of crude oil off French coast
March 16: Red Brigade kidnaps former premier Aldo Moro in Italy, 5 killed
March 16: Soyuz 26 returns to Earth
March 16: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 16: U.S. Senate accepts Panama Canal treaty
March 17: Amoco Cadiz tanker spills 1.6 mil gallons of oil off French coast
March 17: Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre," premieres in Stockholm
March 17: Reds don green uniforms for St. Patricks Day
March 18: 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario California
March 18: Pakistani former premier Ali Bhutto sentenced to death
March 19: 50,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam against neutron bomb
March 19: Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
March 20: Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
March 21: Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
March 22: France performs nuclear test
March 22: Robert Frost Plaza, at California, Drumm and Market, SF, dedicated
March 22: Rutle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV
March 23: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 24: Wings release "With a Little Luck"
March 27: 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
March 27: Bob Fosse's "Dancin'" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 1,774 performances
March 27: Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
March 30: "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 21 performances
March 31: Red Rum wins 3rd consecutive Grand National and retires
March 31: U.S.S.R. launches Kosmos 1000 navigational satellite
March 31: Wings release "London Town" album


April 2: 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
April 2: Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, vs. Australia Georgetown
April 2: TV show "Dallas" premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)
April 2: Velcro was 1st put on the market
April 3: 50th Academy Awards - "Annie Hall," Rich Dreyfuss and Diane Keaton win
April 3: European market and China signs trade agreement
April 3: Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington D.C.
April 6: Karnataka beat Uttar Pradesh by inn and 193 to win Ranji Trophy
April 7: Guttenberg bible sold for $2,000,000 in New York City
April 7: President Carter defers production of neutron bomb
April 7: U.S. Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
April 9: 42nd Golf Masters Championship: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277
April 9: Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, and 13-5 (each with a grand slam)
April 9: David Thompson scores ties 3rd highest total in the NBA - 73
April 9: Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points and San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points in separate NBA games (33 in 1 quarter)
April 10: Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
April 13: Jackson slugs a 3-run home run in the 1st inning, and the field is showered
April 13: New York Yankees defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
April 14: David Hare's "Plenty," premieres in London
April 14: Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
April 14: WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
April 15: 43 die as 2 express trains collide head-on south of Bologna, Italy
April 15: Great Britain performs nuclear test
April 16: "History of the American Film" closes at ANTA New York City after 21 performances
April 16: Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
April 16: St. Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
April 17: 63,500,000 shares traded on New York stock exchange (record)
April 17: 7th Boston Women's Marathon won by Gayle Barron of Georgia in 2:44:52
April 17: 82nd Boston Marathon won by Bill Rodgers of Mass in 2:10:13
April 17: Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sagan for "Dragons of Eden"
April 18: Senate votes to turn Panama Canal over to Panama on Dec 31, 1999
April 19: Yitzhak Navron elected 5th president of Israel
April 20: Korean Airlines flight 007 shot down by Soviets in Russian airspace
April 22: Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions won by Earl Anthony
April 23: Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
April 23: Reds Joe Morgan ends record streak of 91 cons errorless games at 2nd
April 23: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
April 24: Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game
April 25: Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
April 25: Supreme Court rules pension plans can't require women to pay more
April 26: France sends troops to Chad
April 26: NASA launches space vehicle S-201
April 27: 14th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 4-3 in 11
April 27: Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
April 30: "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace New York City after 101 performances
April 30: Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic


May 1: 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated
May 1: MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
May 1: Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
May 2: NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
May 3: Anderlecht wins 18th Europe Cup II
May 3: Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
May 3: "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
May 3: WI all set to lose cricket test vs. Australia at Kingston till riots end game
May 4: Russian president Brezhnev visits West-Germany
May 5: Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits
May 6: 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
May 6: South Africa military goes into Angola
May 8: ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
May 8: Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
May 9: "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater New York City for 1604 performances
May 9: Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found
May 9: Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
May 9: Musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," premieres in New York City
May 9: PSV beats Bastica, 3-0, to win UEFA Cup in Eindhoven, Netherlands
May 10: "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 5 performances
May 10: Liverpool wins 23rd Europe Cup I
May 11: Margaret A. Brewer is 1st female general in the U.S. Marine Corps
May 12: Commerce Department says hurricane names will no longer be only female
May 13: "Angel" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 5 performances
May 13: Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
May 13: Joie Chitwood drives a Chevette 5.6 miles on just 2 wheels
May 13: Musical "Runaways" with Elizabeth Swados premieres in New York City
May 13: "Runaways" opens at Plymouth Theater New York City for 199 performances
May 14: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
May 14: "Working" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 25 performances
May 17: Lee Lacy hits record 3rd consecutive pinch-hit home run
May 18: Italy legalizes abortion
May 18: Russian dissident Yuri Orlov exiled to compulsory work
May 20: 104th Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
May 20: 3 PFLP members kill a cop near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
May 20: U.S. launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
May 21: 118 Unification church couples wed in England
May 21: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
May 21: Yamada Mumon Roshi appointed head of Zen Rinzai Sect
May 23: AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
May 23: General strike in Peru
May 24: Dutch Investment bill (WIR) law goes into effect
May 25: Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
May 26: 1st legal gambling casino opens in Atlantic City
May 28: Al Unser became 5th to win Indianapolis 500, 3 times
May 29: 1st class postage now 15 cents (13 cents for 3 years)
May 29: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
May 29: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.


June 1: Cricket Test debut of David Gower, vs. Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
June 1: High Council destroys judgment against war criminal Pieter Menten
June 3: Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
June 4: 32nd Tony Awards: Da and Ain't Misbehavin' win
June 4: 6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
June 4: Liberal Julio Turbay Ayola wins Colombia elections
June 4: "Working" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 25 performances
June 6: Proposition 13 cuts California property taxes 57 percent
June 7: 32nd NBA Championship: Washington Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
June 7: Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation
June 8: 51st National Spelling Bee: Peg McCarthy wins spelling deification
June 8: Braves draft Bob Horner #1
June 8: Nevada jury rules Howard Hughes "Mormon Will" is a forgery
June 9: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) strikes down 148 year policy of excluding black men from priesthood
June 9: Gutenberg Bible, 1 of 21, sells for $2.4 million, London
June 9: Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
June 10: 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8
June 10: Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis
June 11: 24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
June 11: Bjorn Borg wins French Open Title
June 11: Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24 hours of hula-hoop
June 11: "Grease" starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John opens
June 11: Joseph Freeman, Jr. is 1st black priest in Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
June 12: David Berkowitz sentenced in New York Supreme Court to 25 years to life
June 12: U.S. House of Representatives allows live radio coverage
June 14: Down 9-7 in 10th with 2 outs, Yankees Paul Blair hits a 3 run home run
June 14: Sierra Leone adopts constitution
June 15: Italy's President Leone resigns due to Lockheed affair
June 15: Jordan's King Hussein marries Elizabeth Halaby, 26-yr-old American
June 15: Soyuz 29 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay 139 days
June 16: Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0
June 16: Ringo releases "Bad Boy" album; Wings releases "I've Had Enough"
June 17: "Cheeseburger In Paradise" by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32
June 17: Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs
June 18: 78th U.S. Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
June 18: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic
June 18: Victor de la Torre wins Peru election
June 19: "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St. New York City for 1577 performances
June 19: Garfield, created by Jim Davis, 1st appears as a comic strip
June 19: Ian Botham takes 8-34 vs. Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling
June 20: 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota and Dayton
June 21: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rice's musical "Evita," premiers in London
June 22: James Christy's discovery of Pluto's moon Charon announced
June 22: Neo-Nazis call off plans to march in Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois
June 23: 33rd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
June 25: Argentina beats Holland 3-1 in soccer's 11th World Cup at Buenos Aires
June 25: Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
June 26: Brittany separatists bomb Palace of Versailles in France
June 26: First dedicated oceanographic satellite, SEASAT 1, launched
June 27: Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
June 27: Soyuz 30 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Polish) to Salyut 6 space station
June 27: U.S. Seasat 1, 1st oceanographic satellite, launched into polar orbit
June 28: Supreme Court orders California medical school to admit Allan Bakke a white man claiming reverse discrimination when application was rejected
June 28: UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill
June 29: Vice President Walter F. Mondale begins trip to Mid-East
June 30: English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz
June 30: Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 home runs
June 30: Larry Doby becomes manager of Chicago White Sox


July 1: "Act" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 233 performances
July 1: Former President Nixon makes 1st public speech since resigning in 1974
July 1: Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
July 2: Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
July 3: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
July 3: Supreme Court rules 5-4, FCC had a right to reprimand New York radio station WBAI for broadcasting George Carlin's "Filthy Words"
July 4: Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
July 5: Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
July 5: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
July 6: Israeli jet fighters swooped over mostly Moslem West Beirut
July 7: 85th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats C Evert (26 64 75)
July 7: Solomon Islands declares independence from U.K.
July 8: 92nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)
July 8: Alessandro Pertini elected President of Italy
July 8: Pioneer-Venus 2 Multi-probe launched to Venus
July 9: "Hello, Dolly!" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 152 performances
July 9: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
July 9: Nearly 100,000 demonstrators march on Washington D.C. for ERA
July 10: Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, president Moktar flees
July 11: 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
July 11: All star MVP: Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers
July 11: Auto with liquid gas crashes and explodes in Spain, 160 killed
July 12: Sun Bank Building opens
July 12: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
July 13: Albania drops diplomatic relations with China PR
July 13: Alexander Ginzburg sentenced by Soviet court to 8 years
July 13: BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
July 13: Lee Iacocca fired as Ford Motor President by chairman Henry Ford II
July 13: Russian dissident Ginsburg/Piatkus/Sjtsjaranki sentence to work camp
July 13: Walter Poenisch completes swim of 207 km from Cuba to Florida
July 14: Allen Ginsburg completes "Plutonian Ode," blocks trainload of fissile material headed for Rockwell's nuclear bomb trigger factory, Colorado
July 14: Anatoly Scharansky convicted of anti-Soviet agitation
July 14: Ump Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls
July 15: 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St. Andrews
July 16: Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
July 17: Reggie Jackson refusal to bunt causes manager Billy Martin to suspend him
July 18: Egyptian and Israeli officials begin 2 days of talks
July 19: France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
July 19: Yankees start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win
July 21: Bolivia military coup under general Juan Pereda, President Hugo Banzer flees
July 21: U.S. Postal Service and unions agree on a contract averting mail strike
July 21: World's strongest dog, 80-kg St. Bernard, pulls 2909-kg load 27 m
July 23: 33rd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
July 23: Israeli government rejects Sadat's call for return of 2 Sinai areas
July 23: Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
July 23: Reggie Jackson returns and helps Yankees win their 5th straight
July 24: Billy Martin resigns as Yankee manager after "one is a born liar the other a convicted one" comment about Steinbrenner and Jackson
July 24: Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
July 24: Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
July 24: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" premieres in New York City
July 25: Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
July 25: Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games
July 25: John Lydon forms rock group Public Ltd Image
July 26: France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
July 26: Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run
July 27: Indians Duane Kuiper is 3rd to hit 2 bases-loaded triples (vs Yankees)
July 27: Portuguese President Eanes fires premier Soares
July 28: 600,000 attend Watkins Glen Summer Jam in New York
July 28: At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
July 28: Price of gold tops $200-an-oz level for 1st time
July 28: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
July 29: 600,000 attend "Summer Jam" rock festival, Watkins Glen, New York
July 29: On Old Timer's Day, New York Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as New York Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become General Manager
July 29: Penny Dean swims English Channel in record 7h 40m
July 29: Pioneer 11 transmits images of Saturn and its rings
July 30: Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits and NL-record-tying 8 home runs
July 30: Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
July 31: Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
July 31: New York Yankees now 7 out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks
July 31: Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44


August 1: Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
August 1: Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
August 1: Pete Rose goes hitless, ends his 44 game hitting streak (ties NL)
August 5: New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
August 6: 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
August 6: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
August 7: Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
August 7: Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
August 8: Pioneer-Venus 2 with 5 atmospheric probes launched toward Venus
August 9: U.S.S.R. performs (underground) nuclear test
August 9: Yankees score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
August 10: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
August 11: Funeral of Pope Paul VI
August 11: Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
August 12: Arron Marshall completes a record shower of 336 hours
August 12: China and Japan sign peace treaty
August 13: Bomb attack in Beirut, 175 killed
August 13: Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
August 13: Yankees score 5 runs in top of 7th. but rain causes game to be halted and thus score goes back to previous inning, Baltimore wins 3-0
August 14: French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
August 15: House of Representatives approves (233-169), 39-month extension for ERA
August 17: 1st successful crossing of the Atlantic by balloon (3 Americans)
August 18: Memphis, Tennessee settles with striking police officers and firefighters
August 19: 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
August 20: Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
August 20: Mark Vinchesi of Amherst Mass keeps a frisbee aloft 15.2 seconds
August 20: Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
August 20: Tatyana Providokhina runs female world record 1k (2:30.6)
August 21: 1st gay theme telefilm - Matlovich vs U.S. Air Force
August 22: Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua Nicaragua
August 23: Iranian students occupies Iranian embassy at Wassenaar
August 24: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
August 25: Baseball umps stage a 1 day strike
August 26: Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I
August 26: Soyuz 31 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 East German) to Salyut 6
August 27: Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
August 27: Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 home runs and have 500 stolen bases
August 27: Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
August 27: Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
August 28: Donald Vesco rode 21'-long Kawasaki motorcycle at 318.598 mph
August 28: Ja'afar Sharif-Emami appointed premier of Iran
August 29: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 29: USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing, New York
August 31: Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
August 31: Emily and William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
August 31: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site


September 1: #4655 Marjoriika, #4814 Casacci, #5344 Ryabov, #6262 Javid and #8064
September 1: Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
September 1: Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV
September 2: George Harrison marries Olivia
September 2: Gloria Fajardo (21) marries Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)
September 2: Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
September 2: John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
September 2: Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 home run in 11 straight years
September 3: Crew of Soyuz 31 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 29
September 3: Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
September 3: Pope John Paul I officially installed as 264th supreme pontiff
September 4: Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405
September 4: New York Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season)
September 4: Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
September 5: Sadat, Begin and Carter began peace conference at Camp David, Md
September 6: Begin and Sadat meet at Camp David to discuss peace
September 6: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 7: 1st game of Boston Massacre, Yankees beat Red Sox 15-3
September 8: 2nd game of Boston Massacre; Yankees beat Red Sox 13-2
September 8: Irani army shoots on Khomeini followers in Teheran, 100s killed
September 9: 3rd game of Boston Massacre; Yankees beat Red Sox 7-0
September 9: 92nd U.S. Womens Tennis: Chris E L Mills beats Pam Shriver (75 64)
September 9: Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
September 9: Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Irani army
September 9: Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
September 10: 4th game of Boston Massacre; Yankees beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yankees out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9
September 10: 98th U.S. Mens Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn Borg (64 62 62)
September 10: Arlyne Rhode sets female footbow distance record (1,113 yards and 30")
September 10: Jimmy Connors is 1st player to win U.S. Open on 3 different surfaces
September 10: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
September 10: "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 243 performances
September 12: Fidel Castro visits Addis Abba
September 12: Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
September 13: 1st flight of McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
September 13: New York Yankees win to gain sole possession of 1st place from 14 games back
September 14: Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
September 14: Portugal government of Da Costa falls
September 15: Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
September 15: Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
September 15: Yankees beat Boston 4-0, Guidry wins # 22, Yankees lead 2 games
September 16: 25,000 die in 7.7 earthquake in Tabar Iran
September 16: Filming on Monty Python's Life of Brian, begins
September 16: Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
September 16: Yankees beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2
September 17: 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner and Sada Thompson win
September 17: Begin, Sadat and Carter sign Camp David accord
September 17: Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
September 17: Red Sox finally beat Yankees in Sept 1978, 7-3
September 20: "Eubie!" opens at Ambassador Theater New York City for 439 performances
September 20: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 20: Yamada Mumon Roshi visits Benedictine Abbey of Maria Laach Germany
September 22: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin returns home after Camp David summit
September 23: 100,000 cheering Egyptians welcome Sadat home from Camp David summit
September 24: Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic
September 24: Dutch women hockey team wins world championship
September 24: Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
September 24: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 25: PSA Boeing 727 and a Cessna private plane collide by San Diego, 144 die
September 26: NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
September 26: RR clerks go on strike, halting more than 2/3s of rail service
September 27: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 27: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 28: Israeli Knesset endorses Camp David accord
September 28: Pieter Botha succeeds Vorster as premier of South Africa
September 28: Syrians and Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon
September 29: "Flying High," debuts on CBS
September 29: "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
September 30: Cleveland, Houston, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title
September 30: Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati,
September 30: Phillies clinch NL East title


October 1: Comoros adopts constitution
October 1: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
October 1: Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from U.K.
October 1: Yankees lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox
October 2: Syrian and Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
October 2: Yankees win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer and Pinella's fielding
October 3: Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
October 4: Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I
October 5: Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature
October 5: Sweden's Falldin government falls
October 6: Hannah H Gray inaugurated as 1st female head of U.S. university (Chic)
October 6: Iraq declares Ayatollah Khomeini an undesirable person
October 6: Mick Jagger apologizes for racist lyrics in "Some Girls"
October 6: Royals' George Brett hits 3 home runs, Yankees win championship game 3, 6-5
October 7: Los Angeles Dodgers win the pennant
October 7: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
October 8: Ken Warby set world water speed record at 319.627 mph (514 kph)
October 8: Yankees win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City
October 9: 12th Country Music Association Award
October 9: John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom," premieres in New York City
October 10: Aerosmith's Steve Tyler and Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
October 10: British pop magazine "Smash Hits," 1st published
October 10: Congress approves Susan B. Anthony Dollar
October 10: Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya
October 10: Steve Perry joins Journey
October 10: Yankees and Dodgers play in World Series # 75
October 11: Aristides Royo elected president of Panama
October 11: Belgium government of Tindemans resigns
October 11: Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th
October 12: Representatives of Israel and Egypt open talks in Washington
October 12: Sid Vicious charged in murder of girlfriend Nancyh Spungen
October 13: Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yankees win next 4
October 13: James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King weds Anna Sandhu
October 13: President Carter answers caller questions on National Public Radio
October 13: Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties
October 13: Tiros N, U.S.'s 1st 3rd generation weather satellite, is launched
October 14: 1st TV movie from a TV series - "Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
October 14: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
October 14: Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1
October 14: New York Yankee Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st and deflects the ball away
October 15: Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open
October 15: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
October 16: Nobel prize for economy awarded to Herbert A Simon
October 16: Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected supreme pontiff-John Paul II
October 16: Test debut of Kapil Dev, India vs. Pakistan at Faisalabad
October 17: New York Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
October 17: New York Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
October 17: President Carter signs bill restoring Jefferson Davis citizenship
October 17: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
October 17: Yankees win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
October 18: 1st daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F. Vance
October 18: New York Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs Los Angeles Kings
October 20: Paul Vanden Boeynants forms Belgium government
October 20: Police's 1st U.S. concert (NY's CBGBs)
October 22: 8th New York City Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30
October 22: 9th New York City Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:12:12
October 22: Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs
October 22: Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
October 22: "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 48 performances
October 22: Laugh-in's Judy Carne arrested at Gatwick Airport for drug possession
October 22: Pope John Paul II installed
October 23: CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
October 23: China and Japan formally ends 4 decades of dissension
October 23: Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in New York City
October 24: Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
October 24: NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs New York Islanders
October 25: Israeli Government approves "in principle," a draft compromise peace
October 25: Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)
October 26: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat named winners of 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
October 27: Begin and Sadat win Nobel Peace prize
October 27: President Carter signs Hawkins-Humphrey full employment bill
October 28: Don Ritchie runs world record 100k (6:10:20)
October 30: Uganda troops attack Tanzania
October 31: Iranian oil workers go on strike
October 31: People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution


November 1: New York Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
November 2: Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
November 2: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
November 2: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 3: 1st broadcast of "Diff'rent strokes" on NBC TV
November 3: Dominica gains independence from U.K. and adopts constitution
November 3: Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
November 3: U.S.S.R. and Vietnam sign peace and friendship treaty
November 4: 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, and Darrell Evans, available
November 4: Iranian troops fire on anti-Shah student protesters by Tehran U
November 4: Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)
November 4: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 5: Iranian Prime Minister Jaafar Sharif-Emami resigns to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
November 5: Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran
November 5: Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games
November 6: Iranian general Gholan Reza Azhari forms government
November 6: Shah of Iran places Iran under military rule
November 7: Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
November 7: CDA-chairman W Aantjes resigns due to his war past
November 8: Tom Stoppard's "Night and Day," premieres in London
November 9: NASL realligns its 24 teams into 6 divisions
November 10: Israel's top negotiators broke away from Middle East peace talks
November 10: Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
November 10: Yankees trade Lyle, Rajsich, McCall, Heath and Ramos to Texas for Righetti, Mirabella, Beniquez, Jemison and Griffin
November 11: Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
November 12: Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
November 12: "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 33 performances
November 13: NASA launches HEAO
November 15: 183 die as Icelandic Airlines DC-8 crashes in Colombo, Sri Lanka
November 15: Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," premieres in London
November 15: Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
November 16: Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
November 17: Gerald Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Elizabeth Colvin
November 18: Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 19: Gavaskar gets twin cricket tons for India for 2nd time
November 21: Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
November 26: 10 die as fire erupts at Holiday Inn in Rochester, New York
November 26: 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "Question of Love"
November 26: 66th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
November 27: Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 183
November 28: 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)
November 28: Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years
November 29: U.N. observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by U.S. and about 20 other countries
November 29: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 30: France performs nuclear test


December 1: Jimmy Carter more than doubles national park system size
December 1: Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, vs. England at the Gabba
December 1: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
December 2: Chanting "Allah is great," anti-Shah protesters poured through Tehran
December 2: Neil Diamond and Barbra Striesand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1
December 2: Streisand and Diamond's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," goes #1
December 3: "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 48 performances
December 3: Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
December 4: Dianne Feinstein is named San Francisco 1st female mayor
December 4: Dutch War criminal Pieter Menten freed
December 4: Pioneer Venus 1 goes into orbit around Venus
December 4: War criminal Pieter Menten freed
December 5: EG decides establishes EMS, European Monetary System
December 5: Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies
December 5: Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
December 5: Phillies Pete Rose becomes highest paid baseball player
December 5: Pioneer Venus 1 begins orbiting Venus
December 5: Sam Shepard's "Buried Child," premieres in New York City
December 6: Spain adopts constitution
December 7: Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick
December 8: Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park
December 9: 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
December 9: Pioneer Venus 2 drops 5 probes into atmosphere of Venus
December 10: 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
December 10: In Oslo, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat accept 1978 Nobel Peace Prize
December 10: Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
December 10: "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 33 performances
December 11: 6 masked men bound 10 employees at Lufthansa cargo area at New York Kennedy Airport and made off with $5.8 M in cash and jewelry
December 13: Susan B. Anthony dollar, 1st U.S. coin to honor a woman, issued
December 14: "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 116 performances
December 14: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
December 14: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 15: Saint Maarten Patriotic Movement (SPM) forms under W James
December 15: Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, vs. India at Bangalore
December 16: Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of China PR
December 17: OPEC raises oil prices 18%
December 17: Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda
December 18: France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
December 18: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
December 19: France performs nuclear test
December 19: Indira Gandhi ambushed in India
December 20: H R Haldeman, Nixon's White House chief of staff released from jail
December 21: "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City
December 21: Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy, Jr. for murder
December 22: Kenny Jones becomes The Who's new drummer
December 22: Thailand adopts constitution
December 23: Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against New York Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
December 26: India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, released from jail
December 27: King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution
December 28: 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
December 29: Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
December 29: Spain constitution goes into effect
December 29: Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, vs. England at the MCG
December 30: "King and I" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 719 performances
December 30: Ohio State dismisses Woody Hayes as its football coach
December 31: CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy
December 31: Iran shah names Chapour Bakhtiar premier
December 31: "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater New York City after 1859 performances
December 31: "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 199 performances
December 31: Taiwan's final day of diplomatic relations with US
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