Vol MMXIII, No 122
May 2, 1978
Earl Campbell 1st Pick in 1978 NFL Draft
Oilers Pick Campbell
NEW YORK CITY (1978)
In 1978, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the first pick in the NFL draft which is held every Spring in New York City.
Just days before the Tuesday draft, Tampa Bay unexpectedly traded their first draft pick to the Houston Oilers. When Houston Coach Bum Phillips and owner Bud Adams stepped up to the platform, they selected as the first pick of the 1978 NFL Draft, Earl Campbell from the University of Texas.
Campbell set team and conference records while at UT, and in December 1977, was awarded the Heismann Trophy.
Supreme Court Allows Blacks to vote in Primaries
Overturning a lower court which held that the Democratic party was NOT a government agency and therefore could deny blacks membership in the party, the US Supreme Court on this date in 1932 by a 5-4 decision held that the party was acting as a government agent by conducting primary elections, and blacks therefore were entitled to vote in party primaries.