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1978 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

45th Annual Los Angeles Bach Festival.  William Hatcher conducting

POLITICS

Coinage Act of 1978 amends the Coinage Act of 1965 to modify the composition, size and weight of the dollar coin, thus authorizing the minting of the Susan B Anthony dollar coin.  This coin proves to be extremely unpopular because the Anthony dollar coin is too close to the quarter in size and design.
The Humphrey-Hawkins Act of 1978 and Full Employment and Balance Growth Act of 1978 are passed, which is intended to shift the objectives of U. S. economic policy towards maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates.
US Peace Treaty with Egypt is signed at Camp David
The European Court of Human Rights finds Great Britain guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland.
Rhodesia's Prime Minister agrees on a transfer to black majority rule 
Indira Ghandi accused of fraud in India
Dominica gains independence from Great Britain

POINTS OF INTEREST

In Vitro Fertilization methods are discovered and the first "test tube" baby is born in England
Sweden becomes the first nation to ban the use of aerosol sprays.
Oil tanker Amoco Cadiz runs aground off the coast of Brittany, causing an ecological disaster
US stops production of the Neutron Bomb
Cult leader Jim Jones instructs 400 followers of his "Peoples Temple" church to commit mass suicide
Thessaloniki, Greece, is hit with a massive earthquake
Due to the Cold War, United States bans sales of computer technology to Russia
Three American Balloonists make the first transatlantic crossing
Pope Paul IV dies.  Pope John Paul I is elected his replacement but dies within days of being elected, his successor then being Pope John Paul II. 
Cellular phone service begins
The first computer bulletin board system (BBS) is launched
it is estimated that close to 98% of all Americans own a television

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