What Happened in 1977

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 705

  • Jan 1 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • Jan 1 Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596
  • Jan 1 Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77
  • Jan 1 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 1 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • Jan 1 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10
  • Jan 2 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
  • Jan 3 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates
  • Jan 3 Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games)
  • Jan 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • Jan 3 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
  • Jan 7 Human Rights Charter 77 established in Prague
  • Jan 9 "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • Jan 9 Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 9 65th Men's Australian Open: Roscoe Tanner beats Guillermo Vilas (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 9 65th Women's Australian Open: Kerry Melville Reid beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (7-5, 6-2)
  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • Jan 11 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • Jan 11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Jan 12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
  • Jan 15 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • Jan 16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, charged with murder
  • Jan 18 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the SCG
  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • Jan 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 19 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • Jan 19 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • Jan 19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush ends term as 11th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 23 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • Jan 24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madridvduring the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Jan 26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift, Helsinki

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 29 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
  • Jan 30 Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • Jan 31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 1 Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2 Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
  • Feb 2 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • Feb 3 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver
  • Feb 4 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 4 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released
  • Feb 4 Wings release "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 5 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • Feb 5 Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
  • Feb 5 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 6 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 6 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8 Earthquake in SF, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Feb 10 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx NY named in honor of Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid (1976)
  • Feb 11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • Feb 12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Feb 13 "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 239 performances
  • Feb 13 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Feb 13 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances
  • Feb 13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • Feb 13 Pam Higgins wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • Feb 13 27th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 125-124 at Milwaukee
  • Feb 15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 George Harrison releases "True Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 18 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
  • Feb 18 Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft & Joel Garner v Pakistan Bridgetown
  • Feb 18 Kiss play their first concert in Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • Feb 19 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket w/Gilmour
  • Feb 19 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Feb 19 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 850

  • Jan 1 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian footballer
  • Jan 1 Keeley Hawes, British actress
  • Jan 2 Ales Pisa, Czech ice hockey player
  • Jan 2 Scott Proctor, American baseball player
  • Jan 3 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 3 Lee Bowyer, English footballer
  • Jan 3 A.J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • Jan 3 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • Jan 4 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress
  • Jan 4 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler
  • Jan 4 Tim Wheeler, Irish singer (Ash)
  • Jan 6 Amy Zappone, Wolcott Connecticut, Miss America-Connecticut (1996)
  • Jan 6 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 7 Dustin Diamond, actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 7 Michelle Behennah, British model
  • Jan 7 John Gidding, American architect and TV host (Designed to Sell)
  • Jan 8 Pearl Amoah, Miss Universe-Ghana (1996)
  • Jan 8 Ryan Frances, actor (Trevor-Sisters)
  • Jan 8 Amber Benson, American actress
  • Jan 8 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor
  • Jan 8 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress
  • Jan 9 Beth Troutman, American production assistant
  • Jan 11 Shomari Buchanan, American football player
  • Jan 11 Nadia Turner, American singer
  • Jan 12 Sara Walsh, South Bend In, fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 12 Dominic Etli, American soccer player
  • Jan 12 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
  • Jan 12 Cade McNown, American football player
  • Jan 12 Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 13 Orlando Bloom, Kent England, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings)

  • Jan 13 James Posey, American basketball player
  • Jan 14 Terry Ryan, St Johns, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Jan 16 Jeff Foster, American basketball player
  • Jan 17 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 17 Kevin Fertig, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 17 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter/actor
  • Jan 18 Curtis Cregan, American actor
  • Jan 18 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • Jan 19 Anne Miller, Midland Mich, tennis star (1995 Darmstadt Germany)
  • Jan 19 Taliesin Jaffe, Venice California, actor (Willy-Hail to the Chief)
  • Jan 19 Lauren Etame Mayer, Cameroonian footballer
  • Jan 19 Nicole, Chilean singer
  • Jan 19 Cocco, Ryukyuan singer
  • Jan 20 Paul "Goggo" Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)
  • Jan 20 Melody, Belgian singer
  • Jan 21 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Jan 21 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • Jan 22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Jan 24 Lenka Cenkova, Trinec Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER)
  • Jan 26 Cindy Cesar, Miss Mauritius Universe (1997)
  • Jan 26 Justin Gimelstob, NJ, tennis star (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield)
  • Jan 26 Vince Carter, American basketball player
  • Jan 28 Matt DeVries, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 28 Takuma Sato, Japanese Formula One driver
  • Jan 28 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • Jan 28 Joey Fatone, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • Jan 28 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Martin Hohenberger, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jan 29 Justin Hartley, American actor
  • Jan 30 Deltha O'Neal, American football player
  • Jan 31 Naomi Darrell, Miss Bermuda Universe (1997)
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer (SMAP)
  • Jan 31 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • Jan 31 Kate Shindle, American actress
  • Jan 31 Kerry Washington, American actress (Scandal), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Feb 1 Kevin Kilbane, Irish footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 2 Shakira [Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll], Barranquilla, Colombian pop singer ('Whenever Wherever', 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)')

Singer Shakira
Singer
Shakira
  • Feb 2 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • Feb 2 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • Feb 3 Maitland Ward, Torrance CA, actress (Jessica-Bold & Beautiful)
  • Feb 3 Daddy Yankee, reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • Feb 4 Gavin DeGraw, American musician
  • Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • Feb 5 Adam Everett, American baseball player
  • Feb 5 Ahmad Merritt, American football player
  • Feb 6 Jason Euell, English-born footballer
  • Feb 7 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Feb 7 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 7 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • Feb 8 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • Feb 8 Dave Farrell, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • Feb 8 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 8 Bridgette Kerkove, American actress
  • Feb 10 Stephanie Ann Foisy, Concord NH, Miss America-NH (1996)
  • Feb 10 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer
  • Feb 11 Jessica Carlson, Kalamazoo Mich, archer (alt-Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 11 Stephanie Richardson, 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 11 Veronica Marie Duka, Campbellsville KY, Miss America (Ky-Top 10-1997)
  • Feb 11 Mike Shinoda, American musician, Linkin Park, Fort Minor
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Conrad, American soccer player
  • Feb 13 Randy Moss, American football player
  • Feb 14 Nathan Osmond, Utah, vocalist (Osmond Boys)
  • Feb 14 Darren Bennett, a Professional Latin Ballroom Dancer
  • Feb 14 Cadel Evans, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 14 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in London
  • Feb 14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 15 Brooks Wackerman, American musician (Bad Religion)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 Actor Peter Sellers (51) weds actress Lynne Frederick (22)

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Businessman Donald Trump (30) weds his first wife Czech model Ivana Zelníčková (28) at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York

Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 8 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Jun 14 English model Twiggy Lawson (27) weds actor Michael Witney (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 "American Bandstand" TV host Dick Clark (47) weds Kari Wigton (34) in Malibu, California

Radio and Television Personality Dick Clark
Radio and Television Personality
Dick Clark

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Aug 5 Actress Julie Newmar (43) weds lawyer J. Holt Smith
  • Aug 27 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 3 "I Dream of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden (43) weds Charles Donald Fegert

Actress Barbara Eden
Actress
Barbara Eden
  • Sep 30 "Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom" author John Updike (45) weds Martha Bernhard

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Professional boxer George Foreman (28) weds Cynthia Lewis

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 21 Actor Peter Boyle (42) weds Loraine Alterman at the United Nations chapel in Manhattan

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 10 Actor Bryan Cranston (21) weds writer Mickey Middleton

  • Nov 11 "Three's Company" actress Suzanne Somers (30) weds host Alan Hamel (40)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (53) weds businessman Arthur Hardwick Jr at the Sheraton Inn in Cheektowaga, New York

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm
  • Dec 21 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (26) weds architect Jorge Dávalos

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 19 Director Martin Scorsese (34) divorces Julia Cameron (28) after 1 year of marriage

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
  • Jun 9 George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • Sep 11 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 273


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 5 Onslow Stevens, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life), dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Alexey Kozlovsky, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
  • Jan 14 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60
  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, US composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hayes, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Walter Baldwin, actor (Gay Amigo), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Burt Mustin, actor ("All in the Family", "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 92
  • Jan 29 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • Jan 29 Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • Feb 1 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist (b. 1901)
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangautan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy's Gang), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Ralph Graves, actor (Extra Girl), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 22 Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
  • Feb 26 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, American blues guitarist, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Feb 27 Allison Hayes, actress (Attack of 50 Foot Woman), dies at 47
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • Feb 28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71
  • Mar 3 Percy Marmont, actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon), dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 5 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 5 Moses Pergament, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver (b. 1949)
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 8 Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 E Power Biggs, English organist/composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 14 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, dies at 63
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Antonino Rocca, Argentine professional wrestler
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 24 Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
  • Mar 27 Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
  • Mar 27 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer, dies at 89
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • Mar 30 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 1394 runs), dies
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 8 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • Apr 21 Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71