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  Timeline: 1978  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 18, 1978 Milan-San Remo Roger de Vlaeminck (Bel) 288 km
April 9, 1978 Tour of Flanders Walter Godefroot (Bel) 260 km
April 16, 1978 Paris-Roubaix Francesco Moser (Ita) 263 km
April 23, 1978 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Joseph Bruyere (Bel) 241 km
April 25-May 14, 1978 Vuelta a Espana Bernard Hinault (Fra) 20 Stages, 2,990 km
May 7-May 28, 1978 Giro d'Italia Johan de Muynck (Bel) 20 Stages, 3,610 km
June 29-July 23, 1978 Tour de France Bernard Hinault (Fra) 22 Stages, 3,921 km
August 27, 1978 World Championships Gerrie Knetemann (Ned) Nurburgring, Germany 273.7 km

October 7, 1978

Giro di Lombardia Francesco Moser (Ita) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  Blizzard of ‘78 - a large snowstorm crippled the northeastern section of the USA. The blizzard caused 90 deaths.

•  Serial Killers - February 1978, Ted Bundy was captured in Florida. May 1978, Theodore Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”, exploded the first of his bombs at Northwestern University. June 1978, David Berkowitz, “Son of Sam”, received a prison sentence of 25 year to life.

•  California - voters approve a referendum, called Prop 13, which slashed current and limited future property taxes.

•  Jonestown, Guyana - Reverend Jim Jones and 900 followers committed mass suicide by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink.

•  Camp David - US President Jimmy Carter forged a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. The agreement was known as Camp David Accords 1978.

Notable Deaths -
* Tour de France / World Road Race Champion: Georges Speicher, 1907-1978, Tour de France champion 1933. He was the World Champion in 1933.

* Giro d'Italia Champion: Costante Giardengo, 1893-1978, the first great Italian “Campionissimo”. He was Giro Champion in 1919 and 1923.

Pope Paul VI, 1897-1978, Pope of the Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978 died of heart failure at the age of 80. He was succeeded by Pope John Paul I.

Pope John Paul I, 1912-1978, died unexpectedly after only 34 days in office. He succeeded by Pope John Paul II.



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