Historical Events in August 1977

  • 1st SF Giant Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th grand slammer
  • 1st Former Lockheed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashes the news helicopter he was flying in Los Angeles
  • 3rd Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • 3rd United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.
  • 4th US President Carter establishes Department of Energy
  • 4th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 6th Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate European Women's Golf Open
  • 7th "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • 8th Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • 8th Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)
  • 9th Chris Old completes a century in 37 mins, Yorks v Warwicks
  • 9th NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs
  • 9th The military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces that it will return the nation to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 for a President and Congress.
  • 10th Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
  • 10th US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord
  • 10th USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • 10th Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • 10th About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • 11th Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, v Aust at Headingley
  • 12th For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
  • 12th High Energy Astronomy Observatory {HEAO] 1 launched into Earth's orbit by NASA
  • 12th Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric flight
  • 13th 1st test glide of space shuttle
  • 13th Randy Bachman quits BTO, they disband
  • 14th 59th PGA Championship: Lanny Wadkins shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach Cal
  • 14th 77,691 see NY Cosmos beat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 at Giant Stad
  • 14th Debbie Austin wins LPGA Long Island Charity Golf Classic
  • 15th England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Aust
  • 15th Herbert Kappler, head of Nazi police and security services in Rome during WWII, escapes from prison hospital in Rome
  • 16th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 16th Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • 17th Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
  • 17th USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 17th Thomas Wessinghage/Harald Hudak/Michael Lederer/Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
  • 18th 2 girls are killed by a runaway car outside of Graceland
  • 18th Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter
  • 19th USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 20th NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune
  • 21st Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 21st Donna Patterson Brice sets high speed water skiing rec (111.11 mph)
  • 23rd 1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
  • 23rd Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR
  • 26th Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • 27th "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 947 performances
  • 27th Army shoots on market vendor women in Conakry, Guinea
  • 27th Toby Harrah & Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay at Yankee Stadium, Rangers won 8-2
  • 28th Bonnie Lauer wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 28th NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

28th Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 28th NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

29th St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 31st Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
  • 31st Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus
  • 31st Ian Smith, espousing racial segregation, wins Rhodesian general election with 80% of overwhelmingly white electorate's vote