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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Person-of-interestPerson 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 Pres Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • Feb 24th 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

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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 their credit cards
  • Mar 1st US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2nd 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show

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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
  • Mar 5th 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69

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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 7th Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections

Conference-meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 7th Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets Pres 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

Person-of-interestPerson 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 Uyl government 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 disaster KLM-Pan Am 747 crash on Tenerife
  • 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

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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

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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 Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
  • Apr 15th 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

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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

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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