1978 in history

1978 in history

Here are some light-hearted facts about 1978, designed to serve as a prep sheet for a radio feature on 1978.

I created this page because when I needed some notes to create a few talking points about 1978 in Ireland I couldn't find any suitable sources, so I thought I'd share what I did find. It applies to 1978 in Britain too.

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1978

  • Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, was released in September of this year.

  • Superman was released in December of this year.

  • Dallas and Grange Hill aired their first episodes.

  • Wuthering Heights, the debut single by Kate Bush reached #1 in the charts making her the first woman to have a self-penned number one single.

  • Ben & Jerry's opened their first ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont.

  • The World Cup was both held in and won by Argentina, after they beat the Netherlands 3-1.

  • Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby, was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK.

  • The comic strip Garfield, created by Jim Davis, made its debut.

  • Sony introduced the Walkman, the first portable radio.

  • The video game Space Invaders was released.

  • A severe blizard hit south west England in January.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy first broadcast by BBC Radio 4.

  • The BBC was hit by a series of strikes in December, affecting both its channels and radio programmes.

  • Cricketer Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one innings of a Test match.

  • U.S. Army Sergeant Walter Robinson "walks" across the English Channel in 11 hours 30 minutes, using homemade water shoes.

  • Many British bakeries impose bread rationing after a baker's strike led to panic buying of bread in November.

  • ORACLE was launched in the UK. It was ITV (and later Channel 4)'s equivalent of Ceefax, eventually replaced by Teletext. ORACLE stood for Optional Reception of Announcements by Coded Line Electronics.

  • The Republic of Ireland's second television channel RTÉ 2 goes on air in November live from the Cork Opera House.

  • Johnny Giles resigned as manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team.


While these facts about 1978 have been checked against third-party sources (and have been used on air before!), they are provided in good faith to inspire your research and no guarantee is made about their accuracy or their uniqueness.

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