What Happened on December 31, 1977

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 66th Men's Australian Open: Vitas Gerulaitis beats John Lloyd (6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2)
  • 66th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Helen Gourlay Cawley (6-3, 6-0)
  • Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait
  • Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM

Famous Birthdays

  • Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump
  • Ildiko Kecan, Miss Hungary Universe (1997)
  • Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)