California Chrome on Saturday looks to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Here's a look at some of the major happenings in the world the year Steve Cauthen guided Affirmed past Alydar in all three races.
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California Chrome on Saturday will seek to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when Affirmed bested arch-rival Alydar in all three races in the series.
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Muhammad Ali regains championship from Leon Spinks
Muhammad Ali lost his heavyweight championship to Leon Spinks in a stunning upset on Feb. 15, 1978. Seven months later, The Greatest regained his crown by pounding out a unanimous decision over his fellow Olympic gold medalist.
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Pete Rose makes run at Joe DiMaggio
It wasn't quite Joe DiMaggio, but the Cincinnati Reds' Pete Rose captured the attention of the nation with his 44-game hitting streak that spanned much of June and all of July.
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Bucky Dent becomes a Yankees legend
Bucky Dent crushed the heart of Red Sox Nation in October as his three-run home run in a one-game playoff on Oct. 2 capped an amazing Yankees comeback and sent the Bronx Bombers to the World Series. The shortstop was also named MVP of the Series.
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Volkswagen ends the Beetle's run
One of the most legendary cars -- for its unique look -- the Volkswagen Beetle ceased production in 1978. The car made a comeback years late, but there are far fewer on the road today.
The Collins twins are born
On Dec. 2, Jarron and Jason Collins were born. The twins went on to play basketball at Stanford, and each has had a long NBA career. Jason made major news when he became the first openly gay person to sign and play with an NBA team when he joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2014.
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Welcome to the world, baby Birdman
One of the most unique characters to grace the sports world, Chris Andersen, was born on July 7. The Birdman, who has about 75 percent of his body covered with multi-colored tattoos, played a key role in the Miami Heat's second championship run last season.
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Bjorn Borg remains king of the grass
Sweden's Bjorn Borg celebrated after bouncing Jimmy Connors in straight sets at Wimbledon. The victory was the third consecutive title at All England for the brilliant Borg, who would go on to win two more.
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The light shines on Darkness
Bruce Springsteen released Darkness on the Edge of Town on June 2, and the album received critical acclaim as the follow-up to his iconic Born to Run. A major, rollicking tour followed.
Keith Moon dies of drug overdose
Keith Moon, the drummer for The Who, known for his wild antics on and off the stage died on Sept. 7 from an accidental overdose of a drug that was supposed to curb alcohol abuse.
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Dude, where's that baby?
He went on to become a star on "That '70s Show," but Ashton Kutcher was nothing more than a baby boy bundle of joy after he was born Feb. 7.
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Washington Bullets capture NBA crown
Elvin Hayes, seen guarding Jack Sikma, and Wes Unseld provided the leadership as the Washington Bullets edged the Seattle SuperSonics in seven games to win the 1978 NBA championship.
Jimmy Carter is in charge
The President of the United States in 1978 was Jimmy Carter, who hailed from Plains, Ga. Carter was the 39th president and served one term.
Player in charge at The Masters
South Africa's Gary Player is pumped up after finishing his final-round 64 to rally from seven shots back and win The Masters by one stroke. Player finished at 11-under 277 and earned $45,000.
Nancy Lopez takes LPGA by storm
Nancy Lopez was the dominant force on the LPGA Tour in 1978. She won nine tournaments, including five in a row, en route to becoming the tour's Rookie of the Year and The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.
Cale Yarborough is King of the Road
Cale Yarborough ruled NASCAR in 1978. He won 10 races and posted 23 top fives en route to winning the Winston Cup. The championship was the third straight for Yarborough, who went on to become a Hall of Famer.
Welcome to 'Animal House'
Director Ivan Reitman poses in front of the set of "Animal House," the classic comedy that starred John Belushi and a host of others. The movie was released in 1978 and stands the test of time.
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The year of three Popes
Pope John Paul I is carried in the Papal Chair. He died after only 34 days in office, making him one of three Popes in 1978. The other two were Pope Paul VI, who died on August 6, and Pope John Paul II.