Feature Year: 1978 6pm ET

This edition of Feature Year takes you back to 1978.

January 1 – The Copyright Act of 1976 takes effect, making sweeping changes to United States copyright law.
January 9 – AJ McLean, American singer (Backstreet Boys)
January 23 – Terry Kath, American rock musician (Chicago) (b. 1946) Died
February 1 – Hollywood film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
February 5–February 7 – The Northeastern United States blizzard of 1978 hits the New England region and the New York metropolitan area, killing about 100 and causing over US$520 million in damage.
February 22 – Jenny Frost, English singer (Atomic Kitten)
March 6 – American porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and paralyzed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
March 10 – Benjamin Burnley, American musician (Breaking Benjamin)
April 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter decides to postpone production of the neutron bomb – a weapon which kills people with radiation but leaves buildings relatively intact.
April 7 – Duncan James, English singer (Blue)
April 9 – Rachel Stevens, English singer (S Club 7)
April 28 – Nate Richert, American musician and former actor
May 1 – Aram Khachaturian, Armenian composer (b. 1903) Died
May 5 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his 3,000th major league hit.
May 21 – Adam Gontier, lead singer of Canadian band Three Days Grace
May 23 – Scott Raynor, Drummer and founding member of Blink-182
June 12 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam,” is sentenced to 365 years in prison.
June 29 – Nicole Scherzinger, American pop lead singer (Pussycat Dolls)
July 20 – Elliott Yamin, American singer
August 4 – Frank Fontaine, American comedian and singer (b. 1920) Died
August 6 – Pope Paul VI dies in Castelgandolfo.
August 6 – Freeway, American rapper
August 7 – Eddie Calvert, American musician (b. 1922) Died
August 24 – Louis Prima, Italian-American singer and actor (b. 1910) Died
August 26 – Pope John Paul I succeeds Pope Paul VI as the 263rd Pope.
August 30 – Swizz Beatz, American record producer and rapper
September 7 – Keith Moon, English drummer (The Who) (b. 1946) Died
September 12 – Ruben Studdard, American singer
September 24 – Ruth Etting, American singer (b. 1896) Died
September 28 – Pope John Paul I dies after only 33 days of papacy.
October 9 – Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
October 16 – Pope John Paul II succeeds Pope John Paul I as the 264th pope. He is the first Polish pope in history.
October 23 – Maybelle Carter, American singer (b. 1909) Died
October 28 – Justin Guarini, American singer
October 30 – Matthew Morrison, American actor and singer
November 7 – Mark Read, English singer (A1)
November 9 – Sisqó, American actor and singer
November 19 – Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz musician & singer
December 13 – The first Susan B. Anthony dollar enters circulation.
December 21 – Shaun Morgan, lead singer of South African band Seether

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