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This year in History: Born in 1978 and fun news items.

This year in History

The year 1978


October 16   Karol Jozef Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II. He is the first Polish Pope and will be Pope for 27 years.

November 18   The Blues Brothers appear for the first time on Saturday Night Live.

December 13   The first Susan B. Anthony dollar enters circulation.

December 27   Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

April 22   The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.

May 5   Pete Rose hits his 3000th major league hit

June 19   The comic strip Garfield begins.

June 22   A satellite of the planet Pluto called Charon is discovered

July 10   World News Tonight premieres on ABC

August 17   Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean

September 16   Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks for the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time.

September 17   The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.

Famous Birthdays:

January 9   A. J. McLean (Singer Backstreet Boys)

February 7   Ashton Kutcher (Actor)

April 19   James Franco (Actor)

May 15   Amy Chow (Gymnast)

May 15   David Krumholtz (Actor from Numb3rs)

May 25   Brian Urlacher (NFL Football player)

June 8   Maria Menounos (TV Host)

June 11   Johsua Jackson (Actor)

June 19   Dirk Nowitzki (Basketball Player)

June 22   Champ Bailey (Football Player)

June 23   LaDainian Tomlinson (NFL Football player)

June 29   Nicole Scherzinger (Singer and winner of Dancing with the Stars)

July 12   Topher Grace (Actor)

July 20   Elliot Yamin (American Idol Contestant)

July 21   Josh Hartnett (Actor)

August 4   Kurt Busch (Nascar Driver)

August 15   Kerri Walsh (Volleyball player)

August 23   Kobe Bryant (Basketball Player)

September 12   Benjamin McKenzie (Actor -O.C.)

September 12   Rueben Studdard (American Idol Winner)

September 25   Chauncey Billups (Basketball Player)

October 14   Usher (Singer)

October 21   Joey Harrington (NFL Quarterback)

November 1   Coco Crisp (Baseball Player)

November 17   Rachel McAdams (Actress)

November 17   Reggie Wayne (NFL Football Player)

November 24   Katherine Heigl (Actress)

November 30   Clay Aiken (Singer)

December 10   Donna Williams (Co-Founder of Neopets)

December 17   Chase Utley (Baseball Player)

December 17   Manny Pacquiao (Boxer)

December 18   Katie Holmes (Actress - Mrs. Tom Cruise)


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