Trivia From 1978 - Questions And Answers From The Year of 1978
The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping
changes to what?
A: United States copyright law.
Air India Flight 855, a Boeing 747 passenger jet, crashes
A: The Ocean near Bombay, killing 213.
Whose body lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda, following
his death from cancer?
A: Former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
Federal Appeals Court Judge William H. Webster is appointed
to what position?
A: FBI Director.
Soviet satellite Kosmos 954 burns up in Earth's atmosphere,
scattering debris where?
A: Over Canada's Northwest Territories.
Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted
prisoners to do what in the history of the Republic of
A: Marry in prison
Hollywood film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees
to France, after pleading guilty to what?
A: Charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The Hillside Strangler, a serial killer prowling
Angeles, claims a what?
A: Tenth and final victim.
Electrical workers in Mexico City find the remains of what?
A: The Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in the middle of the city.
What happened to Charlie Chaplin's remains?
A: They were stolen from Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.
California Jam II is held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in
Ontario, California, attracting more than how many fans?
A: 300,000 fans.
The TV soap opera Dallas debuted on what TV network?
Where were the 50th Academy Awards held?
A: At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Who won Best Picture?
A: Annie Hall.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production
of the what?
A: Neutron bomb – a weapon which kills people with radiation but leaves buildings relatively intact.
The U.S. Senate votes 68–32 to do what with the Panama
A: Turn it over to Panamanian control on December 31, 1999.
Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his what?
A: 3,000th major league hit.
Where was Charlie Chaplin's coffin found?
A: About some 15 km from the cemetery from which it was stolen, near Lake Geneva.
California voters approve Proposition 13, which does what?
A: Slashes property taxes nearly 60%.
Serial killer David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam," is
sentenced to what?
A: 365 years in prison.
What comic strip makes its debut?
Argentina defeats the Netherlands 3–1 after extra time to
win the what?
A: 1978 FIFA World Cup.
The Solomon Islands become independent from whom?
A: The United Kingdom.
How many tourists die in an explosion of a tanker-truck at
a campsite in Costa Daurada, Spain?
A: More than 200.
Louise Brown, the world's first test tube baby, is what?
A: Born in Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK.
Pope Paul VI dies where?
A: In Castel Gandolfo.
Who succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope?
A: Pope John Paul I.
Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin meet where?
A: On the Aspen Cabin patio at Camp David.
Pope John Paul I dies after how long as Pope?
A: 33 days.
President Carter signs a bill that authorizes what?
A: The minting of the Susan B. Anthony dollar.
President Carter signs a bill into law which allows what?
A: Home brewing of beer in the United States.
Who succeeds Pope John Paul I as the 264th pope?
A: Pope John Paul II.
He is the first pope in history from where?
The New York Yankees clinch their 22nd World Series
championship, defeating what team 7–2 in Los Angeles and winning the Series 4
games to 2?
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin win what?
A: The Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
Rioters sack the British what in Tehran?
California voters defeat the Briggs Initiative that would
have prohibited what?
A: Gay school teachers.
In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a
A: Murder–suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children.
Dianne Feinstein succeeds the murdered George Moscone, to
become the what?
A: The first woman mayor of San Francisco.