Information for the Year 1978
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- Rhodesia's Prime Minister Ian D. Smith and three black leaders agree on transfer to black majority rule (Feb. 15).
- US Senate approves Panama Canal neutrality treaty (March 16); votes treaty to turn canal over to Panama by year 2000 (April 18).
- Pope Paul VI , dead at 80, mourned (Aug. 6); new Pope, John Paul I, 65, dies unexpectedly after 34 days in office (Sept. 28); succeeded by Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland as John Paul II (Oct. 16).
- "Framework for Peace" in Middle East signed by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin after 13-day conference at Camp David led by President Jimmy Carter (Sept. 17).
- Population: 4.302 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: Menachem Begin (Israel) and Anwar el-Sadat (Egypt)
- President Carter chooses Federal Appeals Court Judge William H. Webster as F.B.I. director (Jan. 19).
- US Supreme Court in Bakke case, bars quota systems in college admissions but affirms constitutionality of programs giving advantage to minorities (June 28).
- President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
- Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
- Population: 222,584,545
- Life expectancy: 73.5 years
- 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)
- Super Bowl Dallas Cowboys defeated Denver Broncos(SCORE 27-10)
- World Series of Baseball New York Yankees defeated Los Angeles Dodgers
- National Basketball Association Championship Washington Bullets defeated Seattle
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Montreal Canadiens defeated Boston Bruins
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Martina Navratilova defeated Chrissy Evert (2-6 6-4 7-5)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Bjorn Borg defeated Jimmy Connors (6-2 6-2 6-3)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Affirmed
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship Kentucky defeated Duke (SCORE 94-88)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions Alabama (RECORD 11-1-0) and USC (RECORD 12-1-0)
- World Cup Soccer Argentina defeated Holland
- Sony introduces the Walkman, the first portable stereo.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: Annie Hall
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year Hotel California by the Eagles
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy All In The Family - CBS
- Miss America: Susan Perkins (Ohio)
- Three Albuquerque, NM, men, Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, and Maxie Anderson, make the first successful transatlantic balloon flight in the helium-filled Double Eagle II.
- Balloon anigoplasty is developed to treat coronary artery disease.
- A fusion reaction in a reactor at Princeton reaches 60 million degrees Fahrenheit for 1/20 of a second.
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