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1978 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1977

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

Superbowl XII Champions

Dallas Cowboys

NBA Champions

Washington Bullets

Stanley Cup Champs

Montreal Canadiens

U.S. Open Golf

Andy North

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Jimmy Connors/Christine Marie Evert

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Bjorn Borg/Martina Navratilova

NCAA Football Champions

Alabama & USC

NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby


World Cup (Soccer)


The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Loni Anderson, Barbara Bach, Adrienne Barbeau, Kim Basinger, Valerie Bertinelli, Dyan Cannon, Lynda Carter, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Harry, Kate Jackson,. Marilu Henner, Lauren Hutton, Maria João, Cheryl Ladd, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Donna Summer, Cheryl Tiegs, Lindsay Wagner, Mary Woronov

"The Quotes"

"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily"
- John Belushi in 'National Lampoon's Animal House'

"Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son"
- John Vernon in'National Lampoon's Animal House'

"Za Plane! Za Plane Boss!"
-Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize)

"Nanoo Nanoo!"
Robin Williams as Mork (from Ork)

"Toga! Toga!"
"Food Fight"
- John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky, in 'National Lampoon's Animal House'

"We're From France"
-The Coneheads, on Saturday Night Live

"Here’s to good friends."
- Lowenbrau beer

When songwriter Allee Willis heard Earth, Wind & Fire's lyrics for her song 'September', she was initially put off by meaningless 'ba-dee-ya's in the chorus. She later said she learned her greatest lesson from it, which was to "never let the lyric get in the way of the groove".

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Deng Xiaoping

Miss America

Susan Perkins (Columbus, OH)

Miss USA

Judi Anderson (Hawaii)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

The FBI set up "Abdul Enterprises, Ltd." and posed as Middle Eastern businessmen. They videotaped talks with government officials, where they offered money in return for political favors to a fictional middle eastern businessman. 11 U.S. government officials were out of a job after this bribery and conspiracy scandal.

There has been some debate about 3M's Post-it notes. The product was used in a marketing campaign in 1978 as 'Post N Peel' , and sold nationally in 1980 as 'Post-it Notes.' New products are in 'test mode' all the time. We say 1980.

12 year-old Brooke Sheilds stars in Pretty Baby, a film about a whorehouse.

The Twinkie Defense appeared. Dan White killed Harvey Milk and George Moscone. The jury agreed that he had diminished mental capacity from eating too many twinkies.

Don't drink the Kool-Aid! Jim Jones got 909 of his cult followers to commit suicide (including many children) by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid in his Jonestown commune.

The Unabomber sent his first bomb to Professor Buckley Crist at Northwestern University. Result: slight injury to officer Terry Markman.

Rock Star Death
: Keith Moon (accidental overdose of perscription medication)

A computer "testing malfunction" caused the United State's Defense System to go from an "at ease" DEFCON 1 to a "fire up the missiles" DEFCON 5.

1978 Pop Culture News

During a 1978 Monday Night Football game, to fill dead air, Howard Cosell commented on a delicious new snack he was eating, thus stadium nachos went mainstream.

In Yukon, Canada a bulldozer uncovered buried reels of nitrate film during excavation of a landfill. About 500 old films dating from 1910 to 1921 have been uncovered. This treasure trove includes long lost newsreels of World War 1, and many long lost silent movies.

Ben and Jerry opened their first ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont.

Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made it to the top of Mount Everest, the first to do so without supplementary oxygen.

The first Test Tube Baby, Louis Brown was born.

Home Depot was founded in Atlanta, Georgia.

Aveda shampoo was invented by Horst Rechelbacher.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1978: $162,000

Actor Marlon Brando was paid $3.7 million and a percentage of the profits for twelve shooting days playing Jor-El, Superman's father, in the superhero flick Superman. For ten minutes of screen time, Brando earned $14 million.

The Habits

Playing Simon
Toga Parties
Watching Grease, and singing along.
Reading Chesapeake by James A. Michener

1978's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Hungry Hungry Hippos, Simon

1978's Most Popular TV Shows

1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
2. Happy Days (ABC)
3. Mork & Mindy (ABC)
4. Three's Company (ABC)
5. Angie (ABC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. M*A*S*H (CBS)
8. The Ropers (ABC)
9. All In The Family (CBS)
10. Taxi (ABC)

Popular Music

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1978 include
Abba, Andy Gibb, Anne Murray, Ashford & Simpson, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, The Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Chic, The Commodores, Con Funk Shun, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Debby Boone, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The Emotions, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Fleetwood Mac, Foreignor, George Benson, George Duke, Geey Rafferty, Heatwave, Jefferson Starship, John Travolta, Johnny Mathis, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kiss, Leo Sayer, Linda Ronstadt, LTD (Love, Togetherness and Devotion), Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, Olivia Newton-John, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Paul Davis, Paul McCartney & Wings, Player, Quincy Jones, Roberta Flack, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Rose Royce, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Shaun Cassidy, Smokey Robinson, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergast

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1978

December 24, 1977 - January 13, 1978: Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love

January 14, 1978 - February 3, 1978: Player - Baby Come Back

February 4, 1978 - March 3, 1978: Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

March 4, 1978 - March 17, 1978: Andy Gibb - (Love Is) Thicker Than Water

March 18, 1978 - May 12, 1978: Bee Gees - Night Fever

May 13, 1978 - May 19, 1978: Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You

May 20, 1978 - June 2, 1978: Wings - With a Little Luck

June 3, 1978 - June 9, 1978: Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams - Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

June 10, 1978 - June 16, 1978: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - You're the One That I Want

June 17, 1978 - August 4, 1978: Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing

August 5, 1978 - August 11, 1978: The Rolling Stones - Miss You

August 12, 1978 - August 25, 1978: Commodores - Three Times a Lady

August 26, 1978 - September 8, 1978: Frankie Valli - Grease

September 9, 1978 - September 29, 1978: A Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie

September 30, 1978 - October 27, 1978: Exile - Kiss You All Over

October 28, 1978 - November 3, 1978: Nick Gilder - Hot Child in the City

November 4, 1978 - November 10, 1978: Anne Murray - You Needed Me

November 11, 1978 - December 1, 1978: Donna Summer - MacArthur Park

December 2, 1978 - December 8, 1978: Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond - You Don't Bring Me Flowers

December 9, 1978 - January 5, 1979: Chic - Le Freak

Popular Movies:

An Unmarried Woman, Animal House, The Buddy Holly Story, Coming Home, Dawn of the Dead, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Grease, Halloween, Heaven Can Wait, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jaws 2, La Cage aux Folles, The Last Waltz, Midnight Express, Superman: The Movie, Up in Smoke, Watership Down

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Popular Music in 1978 ~ # 1 Hits of 1978