This Day in History

The Tragic End of Aldo Moro

Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, after being kidnapped by the Red Brigades—a far-left terrorist group—was found dead on May 9, 1978. Moro’s abduction and subsequent murder shocked Italy and the world, exposing the extreme political tensions in Italy during the “Years of Lead.” His death not only had a profound impact on Italian politics […]

The Sweet Start of Ben & Jerry’s

On May 5, 1978, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened their first ice cream shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont. Their commitment to using high-quality, local ingredients and creating unique flavors quickly won them a devoted following. Ben & Jerry’s would go on to become not just a wildly successful […]

Bob Marley Headlines One Love Peace Concert

On this day in 1978, Bob Marley performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, an event remembered for its iconic moment when Marley joined the hands of two rival political leaders on stage. Amidst political turmoil and violence, Marley’s music called for peace, love, and unity, leaving an indelible mark on the […]

Jonestown Massacre in Guyana

Tragically, on November 18th, 1978, the Jonestown Massacre occurred in Guyana, where over 900 members of the People’s Temple died in a mass murder-suicide. This event remains one of the most tragic incidents in modern history.

Ken Warby

Ken Warby of Australia sets the world water speed record, 317.60 mph, at Blowering Dam in Australia; no other human has yet (2013) exceeded 300 mph on water and survived.  

Camp David Accords

The Camp David Accords were signed, representing a significant step towards peace in the Middle East as Egypt and Israel normalized relations.


An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter Scale rocks the city of Tabas in Iran.  More than 11,000 people were killed during the natural disaster.