Historical Events in 1977

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19th Ernie Banks elected to Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 19th US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • Jan 19th World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • Jan 19th 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 20th George H. W. Bush ends term as 11th director of CIA
  • Jan 20th Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

  • Feb 1st Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives
  • Feb 1st Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
  • Feb 2nd Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2nd Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
  • Feb 2nd Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • Feb 3rd Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4th 30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver
  • Feb 4th Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 4th Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released
  • Feb 4th Wings release "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5th "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5th "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5th "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5th "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5th "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 5th General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • Feb 5th Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
  • Feb 5th US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5th US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 6th 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 6th Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6th Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7th Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8th Earthquake in SF, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8th Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18th George Harrison releases "True Love"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 18th Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
  • Feb 18th Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft & Joel Garner v Pakistan Bridgetown
  • Feb 18th Kiss play their first concert in Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • Feb 19th 19th Grammy Awards: This Masquerade, Starland Vocal Band
  • Feb 19th A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 19th Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket w/Gilmour
  • Feb 19th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Feb 19th Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • Feb 20th "My Fair Lady" closes at St James Theater NYC after 384 performances
  • Feb 20th Judy Rankin wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 20th 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (153.218 MPH)
  • Feb 21st 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC
  • Feb 24th US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • Feb 24th 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 25th New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 25th Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • Feb 25th Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
  • Feb 26th 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • Feb 27th Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 27th Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
  • Feb 28th 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28th Harbor strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends
  • Mar 1st Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1st US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2nd 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2nd Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Mar 2nd Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson
  • Mar 2nd Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3rd Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3rd Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • Mar 3rd Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3rd Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 3rd World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • Mar 4th 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
  • Mar 4th Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 4th Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5th 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
John Wayne
  • Mar 5th 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
  • Mar 7th Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 7th Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • Mar 8th Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 8th Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
  • Mar 9th Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Wash DC, siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 9th Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 10th Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 10th CBS' premiere of "A Circle of Children", starring Jane Alexander and based on the life and book about this by Mary Mac Cracken
  • Mar 11th Muslims hold 130 hostages in Wash DC
  • Mar 12th Chile president Pinochet bans Christian-Democratic Party
  • Mar 12th Egypt's Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel
  • Mar 13th Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • Mar 15th "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 15th US House of Reps begin 90 day test of televising its sessions
  • Mar 15th First official test cricket match is played between Australia and England at Melbourne
  • Mar 16th US president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
  • Mar 17th Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877
  • Mar 18th The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • Mar 18th US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • Mar 18th Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • Mar 19th France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 19th Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.33)
  • Mar 20th Communists/socialists win French municipal elections
  • Mar 20th Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 20th Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Mar 22nd Dutch Den Uyl government falls
  • Mar 22nd Indira Gandhi resigns as PM of India
  • Mar 22nd Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) government under Joop den Uyl falls
  • Mar 26th Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
  • Mar 26th Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson
  • Mar 27th 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport
  • Mar 27th Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 28th 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats NC 67-59
  • Mar 28th 49th Academy Awards: "Rocky", Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway win
  • Mar 28th Morarji Desai forms government in India
  • Mar 31st Michael Cristofer's "Shadow Box" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1st Attempt for Muslim state in Chad fails
  • Apr 1st NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
  • Apr 2nd Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • Apr 2nd Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
  • Apr 2nd 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack aboard Red Rum wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3rd 6th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Apr 3rd Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3rd Egyptian Pres Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 3rd Netherlands/Belgium/Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • Apr 5th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 6th Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • Apr 6th Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0
  • Apr 7th Consumer Product Safety Comn bans "TRIS" flame-retardant
  • Apr 7th Toronto Blues Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • Apr 7th German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • Apr 8th Israeli premier Rabin resigns
  • Apr 9th Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10th 41st Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 10th Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women's International Golf Satellite
  • Apr 10th Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • Apr 11th Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • Apr 14th US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
  • Apr 15th 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16th Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Alex Haley
  • Apr 17th "I Love My Wife" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • Apr 17th Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Apr 17th Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • Apr 18th "Side by Side" by Stephen Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • Apr 18th 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33
  • Apr 18th Alex Haley, author of "Roots", awarded Pulitzer Prize

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18th Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 18th Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • Apr 20th Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 20th "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Best Picture 1978)

Actor, Screenwriter & Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter & Director
Woody Allen
Actress Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton