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  • Major Events of 1978



    NBA: Washington Bullets vs. Seattle Supersonics Series: 4-3
    NCAA Football: Alabama & USC Record: 11-1-0 & 12-1-0 Heisman Trophy: Billy Sims, oklahoma, RB points: 827
    Stanley Cup:Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins Series: 4-2
    Super Bowl XII:Dallas Cowboys vs.Denver Broncos Score: 27-10
    US Open Golf: Andy North Score: 285 Course: Cherry Hills CC Location: Denver, CO
    World Series: New York Yankees vs. LA Dodgers Series: 4-2

    Popular Songs

    1."Baby Come Back" ... Player
    2."Stayin' Alive" ... Bee Gees
    3."Thicker Than Water" ... Andy Gibb
    4."Night Fever" ... Bee Gees
    5."If I Can't Have You" ... Yvonne Elliman
    6."With a Little Luck" ... Wings
    7."Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" ...
    Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
    8."You're the One That I Want" ...
    John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
    9."Shadow Dancing" ... Andy Gibb
    10."Miss You" ... Rolling Stones

    Popular Movies

    1. Grease
    2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    3. National Lampoon's Animal House
    4. Jaws 2
    5. Heaven Can Wait
    6. The Goodbye Girl
    7. Star Wars (reissue)
    8. Hooper
    9. Foul Play
    10. Revenge of the Pink Panther

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: "The Deer Hunter"
    Best Director: Michael Cimino ... "The Deer Hunter"
    Best Actor: Richard Dreyfuss ... Jon Voight ... "Coming Home"
    Best Actress:Diane Keaton ... Jane Fonda ... "Coming Home"

    Grammy Awards

    Record of the Year:"Just the Way You Are" ... Billy Joel
    Best Song: "Just the Way You Are" ... Billy Joel
    Best Album: "Saturday Night Fever" ... Soundtrack Album
    Male Vocalist: Barry Manilow ... "Copacabana (At the Copa)"
    Female Vocalist: Barbra Streisand ... Anne Murray ... "You Needed Me"

    Nobel Prizes


    MITCHELL, PETER D., Great Britain, Glynn Research Laboratories, Bodmin, b. 1920, d. 1992:

    "for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer
    through the formulation of the chemiosmotic theory"

    SINGER, ISAAC BASHEVIS, U.S.A., b. 1904 (in Radzymin, Poland), d. 1991:

    "for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish
    cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life"

    The prize was divided equally between:

    AL-SADAT, MOHAMED ANWAR, Egypt, b. 1918, d. 1981: President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

    BEGIN, MENACHEM , Israel, b. 1913, d. 1992: Prime Minister of Israel.

    for jointly negotiating peace between Egypt and Israel.
    Physiology or Medicine

    The prize was awarded jointly to:

    ARBER, WERNER, Switzerland, Biozentrum der UniversitSt, Basel, b. 1929;

    NATHANS, DANIEL, U.S.A., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
    Baltimore, MD, b. 1928; and

    SMITH, HAMILTON O., U.S.A., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
    Baltimore, MD, b. 1931:

    "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics"

    The prize was divided, one half being awarded to:

    KAPITSA, PYOTR LEONIDOVICH, USSR, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, b. 1894, d. 1984:

    "for his basic inventions and discoveries in the area of low-temperature

    and the other half divided equally between:

    PENZIAS, ARNO A., U.S.A., Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, b. 1933 (in
    Munich, Germany); and

    WILSON, ROBERT W., U.S.A., Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ, b. 1936:

    "for their discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation"

    Pulitzer Prizes

    Fiction: James Alan McPherson ... "Elbow Room"
    History: Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. ... "The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business""
    National Reporting: Walter Mears ... "Associated Press"Henry Kamm ... "New York Times"

    Public Service:Henry Kamm ... "New York Times"

    Tony Awards

    Best Play: "Da" ... Hugh Leonard
    Best Musical: "Ain’t Misbehavin’"
    Best Actor in a play: Barnard Hughes ... "Da"
    Best Actress in a play: Jessica Tandy ... "The Gin Game"
    Best Actor in a musical: John Cullum ... "On the Twentieth Century"
    Best Actress in a musical: Liza Minnelli..."The Act"

    Most Popular Books

    1. "Chesapeake" by James Michener
    2. "War and Remembrance" by Herman Wouk
    3. "Fools Die" by Mario Puzo
    4. "Bloodlines" by Sidney Sheldon
    5. "Scruples" by Judith Krantz

    1. "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries- What Am I Doing in the Pits?"
    by Erma Bombeck;
    2. "Gnomes" by Wil Huygen
    3. "The Complete Book of Running" by James Fixx
    4. "Mommie Dearest" by Christina Crawford
    5. "Memoirs of Richard Nixon" by Richard Nixon

    Most Popular Television Shows

    1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
    2. Three's Company (ABC)
    3. Mork & Mindy (ABC)
    4. Happy Days (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)