The Year That Was: 1978
I was born in 1978 so writing a hub exploring that year and what happened during that particular time in history is the basis for this article. I hope that you enjoy this read. I obviously do not remember 1978 because, I was a newborn but, as a 5 or 6 year old playing the Simon says toy and the Atari were a top priority and they were also my sister's entertainment in 1978 on Christmas. She also got the Atari and in 1979 for her birthday, she got the Simon says.
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Television in 1978
You may see that although all of these shows and films were on in 1978 their are others that were omitted. I chose my favorites of 78' and listed them below.
Best Sitcoms: The best comedy sitcoms in 1978 was: Three's Company, Allin the Family, The Jeffersons, Happy Days and Good Times.
Talk Shows: Good Morning America, Johnny Carson
Other Television: Dallas, Taxi, Rockford Files, Wheel of Fortune
Movies: Annie Hall (Academy Award), Life of Brian, Jaws 2, Deer Hunter, Grease and Halloween
Famous Hollywood Birthdays in 78': Ashton Kutcher, Jason Biggs, James Franco.
Hubs about The 1970's
- Rock Music of The 1970's
This article follows the best bands and rock singers during the 70's. Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Led ZEPLIN and John Lennon are featured in this nostalgic rock and roll hub.
- Best Medical Inventions of the 1970's
This medical advancement hub documents the artificial heart, Gene Splicing, Cat Scanners and Liposuction are featured in this article along with pictures and videos.
- Best Action Films of The 1970's
This article documents the top action films to be released during the 1970's. Superman, Dirty Harry, Mad Max and Death Wish are listed in this blog. Also, pictures, videos and commentary are here.
- Best Boxers of the 1970's
Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran and Carlos Monzon are among the top prizefighters from the 1970's. Their careers along with other great boxers are featured in this hub along with commentary.
- Best Inventions of the 1970's
This article is about the best inventions of the 1970's. Liposuction, the hackey-sack, word processor and the walk-man radio are all documented in this hub. Pictures, polls and comments are here.
Muhammad Ali Highlights
Sports in 1978
Baseball- The World Series was won by the New York Yankees.
Tennis: Jimmy Conners, Bjorn Borg
Football- The NFL Super Bowl Champions were the Dallas Cowboys.
Boxing- Muhammad Ali was the heavyweight champion of the world. Roberto Duran was the lightweight world champion.
Hockey- The Stanley Cup was won by the Montreal Canadiens.
Basketball- The NBA Champions were the Portland Trailblazers
Soccer: Argentina takes the World Cup.
Famous athletes born in 1978: Champ Bailey, Brian Urlacher, Manny Pacquiao, Koby Bryant.
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Technology in 1978
In England, the first test tube Baby was born.
The video game Space Invaders was released and became an instant hit.
Illinois Bell came outfits the first Cell Phone System.
First Human Insulin is introduced.
Seasat, United States Satellite, is launched into orbit.
Simon Says Toy invented.
First ever computer bulletin board system invented and implemented in Illinois.
The very first artificial heart was invented and used successfully.
President Jimmy Carter
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Politics in 1978
The President of the United States: Jimmy Carter
Vice President: Walter Mondale
U.S. Senate has their hearings and meetings broadcast live on radio for the first time in history.
President Carter signed a bill in 1978 making it perfectly legal to brew your own brew at the house.
* If you have any opinions or memories you wanna share from 1978 please leave your comments in the capsule located at the bottom of this article.
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Music in 1978
Their are many more musical acts that were doing well in 78' but, these are my favorites of the best in that year.
Rock: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Led Zepplin
Country: Conway Twitty, Olivia Newton John, Dolly Parton,
R and B: Stevie Wonder, The Commodores
Pop: Bee Gees, Wings
Famous musicians born in 1978: John Legend, Usher, Eve
Music really took off this year especially in hard rock which produced lots of music records that year. Records and eight tracks were used in 1978 before cassette tapes hit the market a couple years later. We now of course depend on CD's and I-Pods.
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Prices in 1978
This is just a sample of some of the prices in 1974. As you can see things were a bunch cheaper then especially gas.
Gallon of Gas: 63 cents (Too bad it isn't that way nowadays)
Average Home Rent: $269.00 per month ( That would make life easy if it was that way now.)
New Home Cost: $54,000 (An old tore up home cost more than that in 2014.
Average Yearly Income: $17,000 (On the other hand, Be thankful that is the average income anymore.
Dozen Eggs: 48 cents (Eggs are more than triple that price now.)
Cost per pound for NY Strip Steak: $2.39 (Great price!)
Commercials in 1978
Best Cars in 1978
Other Happenings in 1978
The Garfield comic strip first appeared in newspapers once per week........Pope Paul VI dies.......Pope John Paul II elected........Serial killer John Wayne Gacy arrested........"Broadway Musical opened in theater....Musician Sid Vicious arrested for murder.......Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is convicted of murder........World Population is 4.4 Billion........Sony Walkman is introduced.....Ted Bundy (Serial Killer) is caught in Florida.....
Top Toys and Games in 1978
Obviously, More than five toys were for sale in 1978 but the ones on this list were the best sellers that year based on quantity sold.
1. Simon: Simon is a battery operated toy that blinks different colors and expects you to touch them in the correct order. This game only had one drawback. The batteries always ran out too soon.
2. Connect Four: Connect Four has been a favorite for over 30 years and counting. Two players can play for hours. And the best part is whether your young or old it remains an entertaining game.
3. Kids Drum-set: A mini drum set had children playing the band but parents regretted the purchase because of the noise. (Lol) It was the first of its kind as far as a toy version drum set goes.
4. Bikes with Rear Training Wheels: This was the first year that bicycles had training wheels put on the back tires. It was a great added safety feature for first time riders.
5. Scooters: Scooters began to get popular in 1978 and girls and boys started asking their mom and dads for one.
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