What Happened in August 1977

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 SF Giant Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th grand slammer
  • Aug 1 Former Lockheed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashes the news helicopter he was flying in Los Angeles
  • Aug 3 Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • Aug 3 United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.
  • Aug 4 US President Carter establishes Department of Energy
  • Aug 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate European Women's Golf Open
  • Aug 7 "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • Aug 8 Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • Aug 8 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)
  • Aug 9 Chris Old completes a century in 37 mins, Yorks v Warwicks
  • Aug 9 NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs
  • Aug 9 The military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
  • Aug 10 Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
  • Aug 10 US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord
  • Aug 10 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 10 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • Aug 10 About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • Aug 11 Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, v Aust at Headingley
  • Aug 12 For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
  • Aug 12 High Energy Astronomy Observatory {HEAO] 1 launched into Earth's orbit by NASA
  • Aug 12 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
  • Aug 13 1st test glide of space shuttle
  • Aug 13 Randy Bachman quits BTO, they disband
  • Aug 14 59th PGA Championship: Lanny Wadkins shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach Cal
  • Aug 14 77,691 see NY Cosmos beat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 at Giant Stad
  • Aug 14 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Long Island Charity Golf Classic
  • Aug 15 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Aust
  • Aug 15 Herbert Kappler, head of Nazi police and security services in Rome during WWII, escapes from prison hospital in Rome
  • Aug 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 16 Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • Aug 17 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
  • Aug 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 17 Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
  • Aug 18 2 girls are killed by a runaway car outside of Graceland
  • Aug 18 Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter
  • Aug 18 South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is arrested at a roadblock (dies of police beating 12 September)
  • Aug 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Aug 20 NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune
  • Aug 21 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • Aug 21 Donna Patterson Brice sets high speed water skiing rec (111.11 mph)
  • Aug 23 1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
  • Aug 23 Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR
  • Aug 26 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • Aug 27 "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances
  • Aug 27 Army shoots on market vendor women in Conakry, Guinea
  • Aug 27 Toby Harrah & Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay at Yankee Stadium, Rangers won 8-2
  • Aug 28 Bonnie Lauer wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 28 NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 31 Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
  • Aug 31 Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus
  • Aug 31 Ian Smith, espousing racial segregation, wins Rhodesian general election with 80% of overwhelmingly white electorate's vote

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Damien Saez, French musician, songwriter, and author
  • Aug 1 Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 2 Edward Furlong, Pasedina California, actor (John Connor-Terminator 2)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Tom Brady, American football player (New England Patriots, 4 Super Bowls), born in San Mateo, California

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Aug 3 Tómas Lemarquis, Icelandic actor
  • Aug 3 Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 4 Frankie Kazarian, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 4 Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer
  • Aug 5 Eric Hinske, American baseball player
  • Aug 5 Michael Walsh, English footballer
  • Aug 5 Mark Mulder, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Luciano Zavagno, Argentine footballer
  • Aug 6 Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer
  • Aug 6 Jennifer Lyons, American actress
  • Aug 6 Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer
  • Aug 7 Samantha Ronson, British DJ.
  • Aug 8 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • Aug 8 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • Aug 8 Lindsay Sloane, American actress
  • Aug 8 Rocky Thompson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 8 Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • Aug 9 Mikael Silvestre, French footballer
  • Aug 9 Jason Frasor, American baseball player
  • Aug 9 Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
  • Aug 9 Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
  • Aug 10 Danny Griffin, Northern Irish footballer
  • Aug 10 Aaron Kamin, American musician (The Calling)
  • Aug 10 Matt Morgan, British comedian
  • Aug 11 Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 12 Iva Majoli, Croatian tennis player (1996 Pan Pacific), born in Zagreb, Croatia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
  • Aug 12 Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
  • Aug 12 Plaxico Burress, American football player
  • Aug 12 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • Aug 13 Michael Klim, Poland, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 14 Juan Pierre, American baseball player
  • Aug 15 Martin Biron, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • Aug 15 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast
  • Aug 15 Nicole Paggi, American actress
  • Aug 16 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer/actor
  • Aug 17 Jake Patellis, actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life)
  • Aug 17 William Gallas, French footballer
  • Aug 17 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • Aug 17 Thierry Henry, French footballer
  • Aug 17 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer
  • Aug 18 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician Arcade Fire
  • Aug 19 Callum Blue, actor (Dead Like Me, The Tudors), born in London, England
  • Aug 19 Iban Mayo, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 20 Ivar Ingimarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Aug 20 Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • Aug 20 Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player
  • Aug 20 Mayra Veronica, Cuban model and actress
  • Aug 20 James Ormond, England cricketer
  • Aug 22 Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer
  • Aug 23 Nicole Bobeck, Chic, figure skater (US Champ 1995)
  • Aug 23 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer
  • Aug 23 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Per Gade, Danish footballer
  • Aug 24 Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer
  • Aug 24 Denílson, Brazilian footballer
  • Aug 24 Robert Enke, German footballer
  • Aug 24 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 25 Sophie Cadieux, Quebec actress
  • Aug 25 Diego Corrales, American boxer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 25 Jonathan Togo, American actor
  • Aug 26 Liam Botham, cricketer (son of Ian Hampshire all-rounder 1996)
  • Aug 26 Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • Aug 26 Morris Peterson, American basketball player
  • Aug 27 Michelle Kathlene Cardamon, California, Miss Teen USA (1996-3rd)
  • Aug 27 Sarah Chalke, actress (Becky-Roseanne, Ernest Goes to School), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 27 Trisha Williams, Hobbs New Mexico, Miss America-New Mexico (1997)
  • Aug 27 Deco, Portuguese footballer
  • Aug 27 Mase, American rapper
  • Aug 29 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer
  • Aug 29 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player
  • Aug 29 Devean George, American basketball player
  • Aug 29 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player
  • Aug 29 Charlie Pickering, Australian comedian
  • Aug 29 Jo Weil, German actor
  • Aug 30 Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • Aug 30 Jens Ludwig, German guitarist
  • Aug 30 Shaun Alexander, American football player
  • Aug 30 Marlon Byrd, American baseball player
  • Aug 30 Elden Henson, American actor
  • Aug 31 Jeff Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 31 Ian Harte, Irish footballer
  • Aug 31 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines)

Famous Weddings

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

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 Alfred Lunt, actor (Guardsman, Sally of Sawdust), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Makarios III, [Michail Mouskos], archbishop/pres (Cyprus), dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 87
  • Aug 9 Edward Chapman, actor (Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Vince Barnett, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42. Official cause of death is cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 19 Groucho Marx, NYC, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • Aug 21 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • Aug 22 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • Aug 23 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
  • Aug 24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 26 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Heinz Rottger, composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
  • Aug 27 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • Aug 27 Steve Dunne, actor (Professional Father), dies at 59
  • Aug 29 Jean Hagen, actress (Dead Ringer, Shaggy Dog, Arena), dies at 54
  • Aug 29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31