How old were you in 1978? 4



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Here are a few key events from 1978. What do you remember from this year? 

The world population was 4.3 billion people and life expectancy was just 62 years old.

The Australian Prime Minister was Malcolm Fraser and former prime minister Robert Menzies died.

The musical world said goodbye to Keith Moon from the Who and most notoriously of all, Nancy Spungen, who was stabbed to death in the Chelsea hotel in New York by Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.


The Bee Gees continued to dominate the charts with their soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever. But it was Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” that topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. Do you have a favourite song from this year?

The Deer Hunter (starring Robert de Niro), Midnight Express (starring Randy Quaid), Grease (starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John), and Superman (starring Christoper Reeve) dominated the box office.



Annie Hall won best picture at the Academy Awards, as well as, earned Woody Allen the award for Best Director and Diane Keaton the title of Best Actress.. The Best Actor went to Richard Dreyfuss for his performance in The Goodbye Girl.

In sport, Argentina beat Holland 3-1 to win the 1978 World Cup on home ground. Other

Other key events include, the first prototype Walkman was introduced by Sony and Louise Brown, the first IVF baby was born.


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  1. It was a good time for me I was 39 my family almost off my hands,( as I had been a young Mum,) I worked in a chemist a few days a week, and was looking forward to my 40th, I did the Shirley Valentine thing with a friend; an isolated villa we borrowed in Menorca..Had a week of laughing and fun, all pretty innocent, it was a good year all round. My children were 19, 17 and 15. My husband had his own business as a graphic designer, and we were living at that time in my favourite house. I would happily return to those years. There have been many times since when I wished I could turn back the clock, my parent’s were still alive. I was also about three stone lighter than I am now!!

  2. I was 31. My daughter had been born in September the year before and my wife, who was having a break from work, was busy looking after her and our son who was two. I was busy working as a police officer in the Traffic Accident Investigation Squad (Brisbane) and attended evening school two nights per week to matriculate.

    They were good times.

  3. The last time I saw BAP. I was 29.

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