News and Events of 1978

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.302 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Menachem Begin (Israel) and Anwar el-Sadat (Egypt)

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
Population: 222,584,545
Life expectancy: 73.5 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 51.4
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.4

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US GDP (1998 dollars):   $2,291.40 billion
Federal spending:   $458.75 billion
Federal debt:   $776.6 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   65.2
Unemployment:   6.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.13 ($0.15 as of 5/29/78)


Super Bowl
Dallas d. Denver (27-10)
World Series
NY Yankees d. LA Dodgers (4-2)
NBA Championship
Washington Bullets d. Seattle (4-3)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Boston (4-2)
Women: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert (2-6 6-4 7-5)
Men: Bjorn Borg d. J. Connors (6-2 6-2 6-3)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Kentucky d. Duke (94-88)
NCAA Football Champions
Alabama (AP, FW, NFF) (11-1-0) & USC (UPI) (12-1-0)
World Cup
Argentina d. Holland (3-1)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Elbow Room, James Alan McPherson
Music: Déjà Vu for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra, Michael Colgrass
Drama: The Gin Game, Donald L. Coburn

Oscars awarded in 1978
Academy Award, Best Picture: Annie Hall, Charles H. Joffe, producer (United Artists)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Isaac Bashevis Singer (US)

1978 Emmy Awards

1978 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1978
Record of the Year: "Hotel California," Eagles
Album of the Year: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (Warner Bros.)
Song of the Year: "Love Theme From A Star Is Born" (Evergreen), Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams, songwriters

Miss America: Susan Perkins (OH)

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  • Sony introduces the Walkman, the first portable stereo.


  • The Deer Hunter, Midnight Express, Heaven Can Wait, Coming Home



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Peter Mitchell (UK), for contributions to the understanding of biological energy transfer

Physics: Arno A. Penzias and Robert W. Wilson (both US), for work in cosmic microwave radiation; Piotr L. Kapitsa (USSR), for basic inventions and discoveries in low-temperature physics

Physiology or Medicine: Daniel Nathans, Hamilton Smith (both US), and Werner Arber (Switzerland), for discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics


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