1977 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 429

  • Jan 1 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • Jan 1 Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596
  • Jan 1 Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77
  • Jan 3 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates
  • Jan 3 Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games)
  • Jan 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • Jan 3 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • Jan 7 Human Rights Charter 77 established in Prague
  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • Jan 18 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the SCG
  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • Jan 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people
  • Jan 19 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • Jan 19 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • Jan 19 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 20 George H. W. Bush ends term as 11th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 23 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
  • Jan 24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madridvduring the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • Jan 30 Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2 Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
  • Feb 3 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 4 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 5 Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
  • Feb 5 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 6 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8 Earthquake in SF, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt
  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx NY named in honor of Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid (1976)
  • Feb 11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • Feb 15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan
  • Feb 18 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
  • Feb 18 Kiss play their first concert in Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket w/Gilmour
  • Feb 19 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Feb 19 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • Feb 20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (153.218 MPH)
  • Feb 21 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC
  • Feb 24 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • Feb 25 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
  • Feb 26 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • Feb 27 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
  • Feb 28 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28 Harbor strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends
  • Mar 1 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show
  • Mar 2 Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson
  • Mar 2 Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 4 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
  • Mar 4 Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 4 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • Mar 7 Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 7 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Mar 8 Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 8 Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
  • Mar 9 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 9 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 10 Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 12 Chile president Pinochet bans Christian-Democratic Party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Mar 13 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • Mar 15 US House of Reps begin 90 day test of televising its sessions
  • Mar 16 US president Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland
  • Mar 18 The Clash release their first recording "White Riot"
  • Mar 18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • Mar 18 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • Mar 19 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Mar 19 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.33)
  • Mar 20 Communists/socialists win French municipal elections
  • Mar 20 Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 20 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler
  • Jan 9 Beth Troutman, American production assistant
  • Jan 31 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • Feb 7 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • Feb 8 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • Feb 8 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 14 Darren Bennett, a Professional Latin Ballroom Dancer
  • Feb 16 Ian Clarke, Irish computer programmer
  • Feb 23 Kristina Šmigun, Estonian cross-country skier
  • Feb 24 Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 25 Josh Wolff, American footballer
  • Mar 4 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • Mar 10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • Mar 12 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • Mar 16 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • Mar 23 Jean Carlos Gamarra, Peruvian taekwondo practitioner
  • Mar 28 Lauren Weisberger, American novelist
  • Apr 8 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • Apr 8 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
  • Apr 17 Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • Apr 24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • Apr 28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 30 Jeannie Haddaway, American politician
  • May 2 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician
  • May 3 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail
  • May 12 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • May 22 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • May 25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • May 26 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • May 28 Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
  • May 31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey
  • Jun 4 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • Jun 6 Bryn Williams, Welsh chef
  • Jun 9 Roopa Mishra, Indian civil servant
  • Jun 17 Bernardo Federico Tomas, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jun 26 Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
  • Jun 27 Arkadiusz Radomski, Polish footbaler
  • Jun 28 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers)
  • Jun 29 Oleg Korenfeld, Russian-born American poet
  • Jul 7 Felix Vasquez, New York City Housing Authority employee
  • Jul 10 Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • Jul 14 Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
  • Jul 16 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 2006)
  • Jul 18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • Jul 27 Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist
  • Aug 7 Samantha Ronson, British DJ.
  • Aug 17 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker
  • Aug 23 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 24 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • Aug 29 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer
  • Sep 4 Mark Ronson, English DJ/Producer and co-founder of Allido Records
  • Sep 5 Joseba Etxeberria, Spanish football winger
  • Sep 11 Matthew Stevens, Welsh snooker player
  • Sep 15 Leander Jordan, National Football League offensive lineman

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer (Half of a Yellow Sun), born in Enugu, Enugu State

  • Sep 16 Greg Ball, American politician
  • Sep 17 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)
  • Sep 18 Kieran West, British oarsman
  • Sep 25 Mike Krahulik, Illustrator
  • Oct 8 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider
  • Oct 11 Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist
  • Oct 12 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer
  • Oct 19 Louis-José Houde, Canadian stand-up comic
  • Oct 30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim
  • Nov 8 Bucky Covington, American entertainer
  • Nov 10 Josh Barnett, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Nov 15 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, son of Princess Anne, 9th in succession to British throne
  • Nov 19 Lady Davina EAB Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Nov 21 Yolande James, Quebec politician
  • Nov 26 Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter
  • Dec 30 Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 31 Donald Trump Jr., son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Sep 30 "Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom" author John Updike (45) weds Martha Bernhard

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (53) weds businessman Arthur Hardwick Jr at the Sheraton Inn in Cheektowaga, New York

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (26) weds architect Jorge Dávalos

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet

Divorces in History

  • Jun 9 George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • Sep 11 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet (b. 1906)
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangautan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
  • Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach (b. 1897)
  • Apr 21 Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 9 James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • Jun 9 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • Jun 13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 16 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • Jun 19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • Jun 19 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (b. 1889)
  • Jun 24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician (b. 1943)
  • Jun 26 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Anton D Hildebrand, children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • Jul 2 Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • Jul 4 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 9 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 9 Alice Paul, American suffragist, dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jul 15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jul 21 Lee Miller, American Photographer aged 70
  • Jul 26 Karac Plant, son of Robert Plant, dies of respratory failure at 6
  • Jul 30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • Jul 31 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 Makarios III, [Michail Mouskos], archbishop/pres (Cyprus), dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
  • Aug 26 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Sep 4 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • Sep 4 Jean Rostand, French biologist (b. 1894)
  • Sep 5 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant (b. 1897)
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28
  • Sep 12 Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • Sep 12 Steven Biko, South African black student leader, dies in police custody
  • Sep 16 Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53
  • Sep 18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)
  • Sep 25 Sidney van den Bergh, Dutch businessman/politician, dies at 78
  • Oct 11 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • Oct 11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Oct 16 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • Oct 18 Andreas Baader (b. 1943)
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin (b. 1940)
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • Oct 27 James M Cain, US writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • Nov 2 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • Nov 5 René Goscinny, French writer (Asterix), dies at 51
  • Nov 8 Georg Wüst, German Oceanographer, dies at 87
  • Nov 11 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist (b. 1950)
  • Nov 13 Ingrid Schubert, German terrorist (b. 1944)
  • Nov 14 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON (b. 1896)
  • Nov 18 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (b. 1897)
  • Nov 20 Maxie Wander, writer, dies
  • Nov 27 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81