1978 Following on from the oil crisis Japanese car Imports account for half the US import market. The first first ever Cellular Mobile Phone History of Mobile Phones
is introduced in Illinois and Space Invaders appears in arcades Launching a Craze for Computer Video Games . Sweden is the first country in the world to recognize the effect of aerosol sprays on the Ozone Layer and bans the sale. The Serial killer David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam," is convicted of murder after terrorizing New York for 12 months. 1978 is also a great year for movies with Grease summer opening on June 16th , Saturday Night Fever and Close Encounters of the Third Kind all showing in Movie Theatres around the world.

Cost of Living 1978

How Much things cost in 1978
Yearly Inflation Rate USA7.62%
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 805
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.75%
Average Cost of new house $54,800.00
Average Income per year $17,000.00
Average Monthly Rent $260.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 63 cents
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 13,650
Gallon of Petrol 0.79
Yearly Inflation Rate UK 8.3%
Interest Rates Year End Bank of England 12.50%
A few More Examples
1LB of Bacon$1.20
Dozen Eggs 48 Cents
Radio Shack Tandy TRS80 Computer $399.00
8 Track Player $169.00
Land O Lakes Butter Lb $1.33
New York Strip Steaks Lb $2.39
Ladies Corduroy Overalls $22.00
Star Wars Family Pajamas $6.49 - $11.99

Marion, Ohio Ranch Home, 3 beds , den, 1 1/2 baths, double detached garage $24,500

What Events Happened in 1978

United States
  • Egypt and Israel sign the Camp David Accords in an effort to secure peace between the two nations.
More Information for the Camp David Accords
Egypt and Israel sign the Camp David Accords, a crucial step in bringing peace to the two warring nations, during September of 1978. The terms of the accords were negotiated at Camp David during an important summit between the leaders of Egypt, Israel, and the United States. They were signed at the White House by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and United States President Jimmy Carter. The Camp David accords created a framework under which a peace treaty was agreed to during the following year ending a 31 year state of war between the two nations that had existed since the creation of the state of Israel.

USA -- Double Eagle II

The Double Eagle II balloon, piloted by Larry Newman, Ben Abruzzo, and Maxie Anderson, became the first balloon to complete a transatlantic flight during August. The helium-filled balloon traveled over 3,000 miles carrying the three men in a trip that lasted just over 137 hours. They began their journey in Presque Isle, Maine and landed in Miserey, France near Paris. The gondola that carried them measured just 15 x 7 x 4.5 feet.

  • Public Service strikes in UK causes major disruption to all services
  • US Teachers strike extend summer holidays for thousands of students
  • After nearly 30 years The Volkswagen Beetle stops production having manufactured 20 million cars
  • Worldwide Unemployment rises after several decades of near full employment
  • Gold reaches an all time high of $200.00 per ounce
  • The US Dollar plunges to record low against many European currencies
  • The Japanese car Imports account for half the US import market following the energy crisis and increase in fuel prices that fuels demand for economy cars
European Union
  • The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Sweden becomes the first nation to ban aerosol sprays that are thought to damage earth's protective ozone layer.
Rhodesia / Zimbabwe
  • Rhodesia's prime minister Ian Smith and three black leaders agree on the transfer to black majority rule.
  • The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz runs aground March 16th on the coast of Brittany. causing an ecological disaster with A slick 18 miles wide and 80 miles long covered about 200 miles (320 km) of Brittany coastline
  • Serial killer David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is sentenced on June 12th to 25 years to life in prison
  • The US stops production of the Neutron Bomb ( Kills People but leaves buildings and infrastructure standing )
  • The first Susan B. Anthony Dollar is minted on December 13th
  • Indira Ghandi faces fraud charges in India
  • India faces it's longest and worst monsoon season in modern times leaving 2 million homeless
  • Bulgarian defector Georgi Markov assasinated by Bulgarian Secret Police using poisoned umbrella tip
  • Earthquake strikes Tabas, Iran and surrounding villages killing nearly 20,000
  • Roman Polanski flees to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced for rape and other charges against a child
United States
  • The first Garfield comic strip debuts in U.S. newspapers.
More Information for Garfield.
1. The very first “Garfield” comic strip is published in 41 U.S. Newspapers during June of 1978.
2. Created by cartoonist Jim Davis, the comic strip focused on the life of a lazy and often sarcastic cat named “Garfield.”
3. The comic quickly grew in popularity and was featured in 100 newspapers only a year after its debut.
4. Featuring several other characters including Garfield’s owner John and the cat’s rival pet, a dog named Odie, the popular comic was soon turned into books, television specials, merchandise and even a movie, topping best seller lists and winning awards along the way.
5. In 2002, Jim Davis’ Garfield was awarded the Guinness Record for being the most widely syndicated comic strip, having been featured in over 2,500 newspapers worldwide.

World -- Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin during October of 1978. They were awarded the prize for their work on the Camp David Accords which had been agreed upon during the previous month.
  • The Cult leader Jim Jones instructed over 900 members of his church, "People's Temple", to commit suicide in Guyana
  • Israel attacks on southern Lebanon following bus hijacking in Tel Aviv
  • A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Due to poor Cold War Relations United States bans sale of latest computer technology to Soviet Union
  • Three American balloonists make the first crossing of the Atlantic by hot air balloon in Double Eagle II
  • Pope Paul VI dies at age of 80.
  • John Paul I Becomes Pope from August 26th , 1978 and dies just 33 days later on September 28, 1978
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II
  • Britain launches the Motability scheme to provide cars for disabled people
  • Worlds Population Estimated at 4.4 billion
  • Dominica Gains Independence From Great Britain.
More Information and Timeline for Dominica Independence
1. On November 3,1978 the Caribbean island of Dominica became independent from Great Britain. Carib Indians native to South America lived on the island prior to the island’s colonization, but the conflict and disease brought by European settlers decimated the indigenous populations.
2. Dominica was originally claimed and settled by the French but control of the island went back and forth between the French and British from the 1600’s to the early 1800’s.
3. Dominica became a British colony in the late 1700’s and was associated with several different colonial organizations until the 1950’s.
4. In 1967, Dominica got a new constitution which allowed the island to self-govern its own internal affairs.
5. By November of 1978 it gained full independence from the United Kingdom.

  • Karl Wallenda, founder of the Flying Wallendas, dies after falling off a tight-rope
  • Argentina Wins 1978 World Cup in Argentina


  • Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System
  • Space Invaders Launches Craze for Computer Video Games
  • The first computer bulletin board system BBS is created
  • 98% of all American homes have a television
  • First Test Tube Baby is born on July 25th in England a girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization

Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use )
In Vitro Fertilisation England "the First test tube baby is born"

1978 Mens and Womens Fashion Clothes

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Fashion Clothing From 1978

1978 Childrens Toys

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Kids Toys From 78

Popular Culture 1978

Popular Films

  • Grease
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Jaws 2
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • The Deer Hunter

Popular Musicians and songs

  • Bee Gees with " Night Fever and Stayin Alive "
  • Paul McCartney and Wings
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
  • Rolling Stones
  • Commodores with " Three Times a Lady "
  • Boomtown Rats

Popular TV Programmes

  • Happy Days
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Rockford Files
  • Good Morning America
  • Jim'll Fix It (UK)
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • The Muppet Show
  • CHiPs
  • The Love Boat
  • Three's Company

Born This Year 1978

Ashton Kutcher February 7th
Kobe Bryant August 23rd
Josh Hartnett July 21st

1978 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders 1978

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser Brazil President Ernesto Geisel Canada Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

China Chairman of the People's Republic of China Post Abolished

France President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

Germany Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
India Prime Minister

Italy Prime Minister GMorarji Desaiiulio Andreotti

Japan Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda Till 7 December
Japan Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira From 7 December

Mexico President José López Portillo Russia / Soviet Union
First Secretary of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev South Africa Prime Minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster Till 29 September
South Africa Prime Minister Pieter Willem Botha From 29 September
United States President Jimmy Carter United Kingdom Prime Minister James Callaghan