Flashback Friday – 1978

As we begin to adjust to the fact that this year is 2018, there are some who are having to deal with the fact that they will be turning the big 40 this year, so why not take a look back at 1978?


13 February – Terrorism arrives in Australia for the very first time with the Sydney Hilton bombing killing 3 people and injuring 11 others.

24 June – The inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, a gay rights march is held in Oxford Street, Sydney to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.

November 21 – Last day of commercial whaling in Australia. No sperm whales caught that day by the chaser ships (Cheynes II, III and IV) operated by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company at Albany, Western Australia. The last whale caught by an Australian whaling company was the day before, 20 November.

May 26 – In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Resorts International, the first legal casino in the eastern United States, opens.

June 12 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is sentenced to 365 years in prison.

June 16 – Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is released.

June 19 – Cricketer Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take 8 wickets in 1 inning of a Test match.

June 25 – Argentina defeats the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time to win the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

November 18 – Jonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder–suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children.