08
Dec
07

Happy Birthday To Me

In celebration of my birthday today, here is a list of facts, major events and general trivia about 1978, my birth year.

  • US Senate approves neutrality treaty (March 16); votes treaty to turn canal over to by year 2000 (April 18).
  • Former Italian Premier Aldo Moro kidnapped by left wing , who kill five bodyguards (March 16); he is found slain (May 9).
  • Jim Jones’s followers commit mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana (Nov. 18).

More History…

U.S. Statistics

President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
Population: 222,584,545
Life expectancy: 73.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 51.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.4
US GDP (1998 dollars): $2,291.40 billion
Federal spending: $458.75 billion
Federal debt: $776.6 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):
$15,064
Consumer Price Index: 65.2
Unemployment: 6.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.13 ($0.15 as of 5/29/78)


Sports

World Series

NY Yankees d. LA Dodgers (4-2)

Super Bowl

Dallas d. Denver (27-10)

NBA Championship

Washington Bullets d. Seattle (4-3)

Stanley Cup

Montreal d. Boston (4-2)

Wimbledon

Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert (2-6 6-4 7-5)
Men: Bjorn Borg d. J. Connors (6-2 6-2 6-3)

Kentucky Derby Champion

Affirmed

NCAA Basketball Championship

Kentucky d. Duke (94-88)

NCAA Football Champions

Alabama (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-0) & USC (UPI) (12-1-0)

World Cup

Argentina d. Holland (3-1)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Elbow Room, James Alan McPherson
Music: Déjà Vu for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra, Michael Colgrass
Drama: The Gin Game, Donald L. Coburn

Oscars awarded in 1978
Academy Award, Best Picture: Annie Hall, Charles H. Joffe, producer (United Artists)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Isaac Bashevis Singer (US)

Grammys awarded in 1978
Record of the Year: “Hotel California,” Eagles
Album of the Year: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)
Song of the Year: “Love Theme From A Star Is Born” (Evergreen), Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, songwriters

Miss America: Susan Perkins (OH)

Events

  • Sony introduces the Walkman, the first portable stereo.

Movies

  • The Deer Hunter, Midnight Express, Heaven Can Wait, Coming Home

Books

  • Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise
  • John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever
  • Barry Hannah, Airships
  • John Irving, The World According to Garp
  • Peter Mathiessen, The Snow Leopard
  • Richard Nixon, The Memoirs of Richard Nixon
  • Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language
  • Herman Wouk, War and Remembrance

Deaths

  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Anastus Mikoyan
  • Norman Rockwell
  • Pope Paul VI

Josh H.

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1 Response to “Happy Birthday To Me”


  1. 1 kev
    December 10, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Oh yeah, well the Academy Award handed out during MY year of birth was Rocky. I do believe that puts your Annie Hall to shame.

    Happy birthday (again)! Welcome to the 29 Forever Club.


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