What Happened in October 1977

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Brazilian soccer great Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 1 US Department of Energy established

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 1 Yanks win 2nd consecutive AL East title
  • Oct 2 Pakistan general Zia ul-Haq bans all opposition
  • Oct 2 Vivian Brownlee wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 2 Dusty Baker 30th HR joins teammates Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), & Ron Cey (30) in make Dodgers 1st team to boast 4 30-HR hitters
  • Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Indira Gandhi arrested

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Oct 6 DL Coburns "Gin Game" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 Yankees win AL pennant by rallying for 3 runs in 9th to beat KC Royals 5-3 in 5th & deciding playoff game
  • Oct 6 In Alicante, Spain, fascists attack a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers, and one MCPV sympathizer is killed.
  • Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • Oct 7 USSR adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.
  • Oct 8 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Houston Exchange Clubs Golf Classic
  • Oct 9 Soyuz 25 launched to Saluyt 6, but returned after failing to dock
  • Oct 9 Yanks rally for 3 in 9th & beat Royals 5-3 for pennant #31
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 25 returns to Earth
  • Oct 12 "Throwaway Game" Catfish Hunter loses WS 6-1 resting Yank pitchers
  • Oct 12 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 12 Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, smashed into cop van
  • Oct 12 US Supreme Court heard arguments in "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School
  • Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem at World Series
  • Oct 14 Princess Beatrice opens Amsterdam metro
  • Oct 14 Rock band KISS release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • Oct 15 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Oct 15 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • Oct 17 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
  • Oct 17 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers
  • Oct 18 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
  • Oct 18 NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games
  • Oct 18 West German commandos liberate Boeing 737 with 86 hostages at Mogadishu

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 18 Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 18 Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years
  • Oct 19 Corpse of kidnapped West German, H M Schleyer, found
  • Oct 19 Supersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC
  • Oct 20 David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick
  • Oct 21 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • Oct 21 The European Patent Institute is founded.
  • Oct 22 International Sun-Earth Explorers 1 & 2 launched into Earth orbit
  • Oct 23 7th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:43:10
  • Oct 23 8th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:38
  • Oct 23 Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties
  • Oct 23 Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces discovery of a 3.4-billion year old one-celled fossil, the earliest life form
  • Oct 23 28th Formula One WDC: Niki Lauda wins by 17 points
  • Oct 25 Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
  • Oct 26 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 26 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of New York
  • Oct 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 26 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
  • Oct 27 Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • Oct 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-200
  • Oct 29 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances
  • Oct 29 Texas' Russell Erideben kicks his 3rd 60 yard field goal of the season
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 30 Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Alejandro Hernandez, Tijuana Mexico, tennis pro
  • Oct 1 Jeffrey van Hooydonk, Belgian race car driver
  • Oct 5 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics-96), born in Alhambra, California
  • Oct 6 Shimon Gershon, Israeli footballer
  • Oct 6 Vladimir Manchev, Bulgarian footballer
  • Oct 6 Daniel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 7 Clayton Miller, trap shooter (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 7 Brandon Quinn, American actor
  • Oct 7 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress
  • Oct 8 Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Deathlike Silence)
  • Oct 8 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider
  • Oct 9 Lee San San, Miss Hong Kong Universe (1997)
  • Oct 9 Brian Roberts, American baseball player
  • Oct 11 Matthew Bomer, American actor
  • Oct 11 Desmond Mason, American basketball player
  • Oct 11 Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist
  • Oct 11 Ty Wigginton, American baseball player
  • Oct 12 Carmen Carrillo Vilanova, Miss El Salvador Universe (1997)
  • Oct 12 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer
  • Oct 12 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan footballer
  • Oct 12 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy"
  • Oct 13 Gareth Batty, English cricketer
  • Oct 13 Paul Pierce, American basketball player
  • Oct 13 Kiele Sanchez, American actress
  • Oct 14 Kelly Schumacher, Canadian basketball player
  • Oct 14 Jonathan Kerrigan, English actor
  • Oct 14 Tina Dico, Danish singer-songwriter
  • Oct 15 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver
  • Oct 15 Erin McKeown, American musician
  • Oct 15 Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 15 David Trezeguet, French football player
  • Oct 16 John Mayer, American musician
  • Oct 17 Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • Oct 17 Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
  • Oct 18 Chris McKenna, actor (Joey-One Live to Live), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 18 Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • Oct 18 David Vuillemin, Pro Motocross Rider
  • Oct 19 Louis-José Houde, Canadian stand-up comic
  • Oct 19 Jason Reitman, Canadian filmmaker
  • Oct 19 Raúl Tamudo, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 20 Matt Jansen, English footballer
  • Oct 20 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • Oct 21 Christie Lee Woods, Texas, Miss Teen USA (1996)
  • Oct 22 Katrina Bergstrom, Miss North Dakota Teen USA (1996)
  • Oct 24 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • Oct 25 Birgit Prinz, German footballer
  • Oct 26 Jon Heder, American actor
  • Oct 27 Jiří Jarosík, Czech footballer
  • Oct 27 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • Oct 28 Lara Antunes, Miss Portugal Universe (1997)
  • Oct 29 Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
  • Oct 30 Jason Adelman, American actor
  • Oct 30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim
  • Oct 31 Sylviane Félix, French athlete
  • Oct 31 Séverine Ferrer, French singer

Famous Weddings


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


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer, lyricist (b. 1902 )
  • Oct 10 Angelo Muscat, Maltese actor (b. 1930)
  • Oct 11 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • Oct 11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Oct 12 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 14 Bing Crosby, US singer/actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 15 Ralph Truman, actor (Henry V, Treasure Island), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • Oct 17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • Oct 18 Rolph Grant, cricketer (West Indian capt on 1939 England tour), dies
  • Oct 18 Andreas Baader (b. 1943)
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin (b. 1940)
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • Oct 20 Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 27 James M Cain, US writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • Oct 31 Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero), dies at 56