May 10, 1978: A Wednesday to Remember

Today is May 10th, 2011. A date so futuristic it makes my head hurt. Let’s cast ourselves back in time 33 years to a simpler time – May 10th, 1978 – and take a look at some of the events we enjoyed on this carefree late-70s Wednesday.

In the Movies:

Haha. Death was so funny in '78!

Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise suicide comedy (!) The End is released, as is It Lives Again and Perry King’s A Different Story.

On TV:

It's freakin' Amayzing!

A promo aired for the “Amayzing” CBS TV movie Murder at the Mardi Gras starring Didi Conn and David Groh (with a “Special appearance” by Wolfman Jack.)

In the News:

According to the CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd:
The EPA issues a recall order for almost all AMC cars from 1976.
President Carter requests labor leaders hold down wage demands and AFL-CIO president George Meany objects.
Kensington Castle officials announce the impending divorce of “Britain’s Princess Margaret from Anthony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon.”

In Sports:

The St. Louis Cardinals battled the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Cards defeated the Dodgers 6 to 5. (The Dodgers later went all the way to the ’78 World Series where they lost to the Yankees.)

The Seattle Mariners fought the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland Stadium. The Indians emerged victorious 6 to1.

In Music:

Alice Cooper rocked Saginaw Auditorium in Saginaw, Michigan with tunes such as “Only Women Bleed” and the show closer, “School’s Out”.

The Grateful Dead played Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, opening the set with “Jack Straw” and closing with “U.S. Blues”.

Van Halen shook the Matador Theater in Paris, France (exactly three months after releasing their debut album) with tunes including “Runnin’ With The Devil” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”.

Van Halen's 1978 debut - Paris discovers Hair Metal

In the Comics:

Issue #24 of Howard the Duck and issue #180 of The Amazing Spider-Man (with The Green Goblin on the cover) go on sale.

And finally – actor/comedian (and Saturday Night Live cast member) Kenan Thompson known for the modern, live-action remake of the 70s cartoon hit Fat Albert was born on this day in Atlanta, Georgia.

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