What Happened in July 1977

Historical Events

Sport awardTennis Open

1st 84th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade beats B Stove (46 63 61)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • 1st FC Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam Neth
  • 1st Marlies Gohr runs Europen record 100m (10.88 sec)

Sport awardTennis Open

2nd 91st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Connors (36 62 61 57 64)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 3rd 5th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Judy Rankin
  • 3rd The Senegalese Republican Movement (MRS) is founded.
  • 4th Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
  • 4th Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • 4th Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 HRs beating Toronto 9-6
  • 5th Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power
  • 6th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 7th 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City

Film release premierFilm Premier

7th "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

Actress Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach
  • 8th Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

Sport awardGolf Major

9th 106th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 10th "Happy End" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • 10th Pat Bradley wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

11th US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 12th John Edrich scores his 100th 100, Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval
  • 13th NYC experiences 25 hr black-out
  • 14th North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
  • 14th US House establishes permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • 16th Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • 17th Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • 18th Hugh Leonard's "Da" premieres in London
  • 18th Vietnam becomes member of UN
  • 19th 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 19th All star MVP: Don Sutton (LA Dodgers)
  • 19th Floods in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 76
  • 20th Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pa, kills 80 & causing $350 mil damage
  • 20th The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.
  • 20th 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • 21st Libyan-Egyptian border fights
  • 21st Sri Lanka premier Bandaranaike loses election
  • 23rd Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Muslims on hostage charges
  • 24th 32nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

24th Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 24th Seattle's John Montague pitches 6 2/3 innings of perfect relief tying 2 game record of retiring 33 consecutive batsmen
  • 24th 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • 26th USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • 26th The 'Committee of 10' formed by prominent Soweto residents, issues a programme for the election of a new community board to have total autonomy in Soweto, South Africa
  • 27th John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US
  • 28th 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska
  • 28th Roy Wilkins turn over NAACP leadership to Benjamin Hooks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

28th Test Cricket debut of Ian Botham v Aust Trent Bridge, 5-74 1st innings

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 31st Debbie Austin wins LPGA Pocono Northeast Golf Classic
  • 31st E Henry Knoche, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 31st John F Blake promoted from acting to deputy director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1st Liv Tyler, American actress and daughter of Aerosmith's frontman, Steven Tyler (Stealing Beauty, Lord of the Rings), born in New York City

Actress Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler
  • 1st Misty Marriah Esplin, Preston Idaho, Miss America-Idaho (1997)
  • 1st Keigo Hayashi, Japanese music artist
  • 1st Birgit Schuurman, Dutch musician
  • 2nd Shannan McCray, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA (1996)
  • 3rd Ludmila Richterova, Kosice Slovakia, tennis star
  • 4th Katia Zygouli, Greek supermodel
  • 4th Jonas Kjellgren, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • 5th Royce Da 5'9", American rapper
  • 5th Nicolas Kiefer, German tennis player.
  • 6th Con Blatsis, Australian footballer
  • 6th Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer
  • 6th Craig Handley, British film director
  • 7th Felix Vasquez, New York City Housing Authority employee
  • 8th Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player
  • 8th Milo Ventimiglia, American actor
  • 9th Isaac Brock, American musician
  • 10th Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • 10th Gwendoline Yeo, American actress
  • 11th Brandy Gold, Northridge California, actress (Annie-Baby Makes 5)
  • 11th Brandon Short, American football player
  • 12th Brock Lesnar, American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler (WWE), born in Webster, South Dakota
  • 12th Neil Harris, English footballer
  • 12th Steve Howey, American actor
  • 13th Ashley Scott, American actress
  • 14th Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
  • 15th Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
  • 15th Faraz Anwar, Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)
  • 15th Kitana Baker, American model (Miller Light Catfight commercial)
  • 15th Lana Parrilla, American actress
  • 15th Andre Nel, South African Cricketer
  • 16th Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 2006)
  • 17th M.I.A., British rapper
  • 17th Lehmber Hussainpuri, Famous Indian Singer
  • 17th Marc Savard, Canadian hockey player
  • 18th Dylan Lane, American television host
  • 18th Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • 19th Haitham Mustafa, Sudanese footballer
  • 19th Ed Smith, English cricketer
  • 19th Tony Mamaluke, American professional wrestler
  • 19th Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 20th Julia Syriani, Miss Universe-Lebanon (1996)
  • 20th Shany Kedmy, Israel, Women's 470 sailor (Oly-14th-1996)
  • 20th Kiki Musampa, Congolese footballer
  • 20th Alessandro dos Santos, Brazilian-born Japanese footballer
  • 21st Allison Wagner, 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 21st Sarah Biasini, daughter of actress Romy Schneider
  • 21st Paul Casey, English golfer
  • 21st Jaime Murray, British actress
  • 22nd Maria Jose Lopez, Miss Ecuador Universe (1997)
  • 22nd Gustavo Nery, Brazilian footballer
  • 23rd Neicer Reasco, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 23rd Scott Clemmensen, American ice hockey player
  • 24th Arnold Bruggink, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 24th Lee EunHee, Miss Korea Universe (1997)
  • 24th Danny Dyer, English actor and television presenter
  • 24th Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iranian football player
  • 25th Kenny Thomas, American basketball player
  • 26th Martin Laursen, Danish footballer
  • 26th Rebecca St. James, Australian-born singer
  • 27th Jason Michael Zimbler, actor (Clarissa Explains it All), born in Queens, New York
  • 27th Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist
  • 28th Aki Berg, Finnish NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Raisio, Finland
  • 28th Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player
  • 29th Greg Burgess, US, 200m individual medley (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • 30th Jayme Dickman, South Bend Ind, 3x20 rifle (Olympics-1996)
  • 30th Suangsuda Rodprasert, Miss Thailand Universe (1997)
  • 30th Jaime Pressly, American actress
  • 30th Ian Watkins, Welsh singer (Lostprophets)
  • 31st Tim Couch, American football player

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

7th "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

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

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
  • 3rd Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • 3rd Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • 4th Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • 6th Oedoen Partos, composer, dies at 69
  • 9th Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

9th Alice Paul, American suffragist, dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Alice Paul
  • 10th Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • 12th Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • 12th Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • 15th Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • 19th John R Powers, US director model bureau, dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

19th Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • 20th Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 20th Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • 21st Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • 23rd René de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • 26th Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • 26th Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • 26th Karac Plant, son of Robert Plant, dies of respratory failure at 6
  • 29th Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • 30th Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • 31st Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20