- January 16 - Snowed in during the Great Chicago Snowstorm of 1978, Ward Christensen begins preliminary work on what would eventually become CBBS (Computer Bulletin Board System), the first bulletin board system.
- February 16 - "Observed" first day of operation of CBBS. (The actual operation date was weeks earlier, but Ward and Randy stretch out development time to be one month because 2 weeks sounds boastful/inaccurate.)
- Scott, Jason. The TEXTFILES.COM BBS Timeline.