December 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 4 Jean-Bedel Bokassa crowns himself ruler of Central African Empire

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Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 5 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • Dec 6 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
  • Dec 7 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0

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Dec 8 Portugal's premier Mário Soares resigns

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • Dec 10 Soyuz 26 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Dec 11 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 14 Egyptian & Israeli representatives gather in Cairo for first formal peace conference
  • Dec 14 War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years
  • Dec 17 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
  • Dec 17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)
  • Dec 17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 18 Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
  • Dec 19 Dutch government of Van Agt/Wiegel forms
  • Dec 20 1st Space walk made by G Grechko from Salyut
  • Dec 20 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years
  • Dec 22 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes
  • Dec 24 "Ghost to the Post", Raiders tight end Dave Casper ("The Ghost") catches a 42-yard reception to set up the Raiders' tying field goal near the end of regulation (Raiders win in OT)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 25 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Egypt

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 Carter holds 1st news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
  • Dec 31 Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait
  • Dec 31 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Dec 31 Donald Woods, a banned white editor flees South Africa

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Dec 31 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Dec 31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Dec 31 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 21 Emmanuel Macron, President of France (2017-), born in Amiens, France
  • Dec 30 Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 31 Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York

Weddings in History


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

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • Dec 9 Clarice Lispector, writer, dies
  • Dec 12 Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill (nee Hozier), widow of Sir Winston, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • Dec 18 Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What's My Line), dies at 92
  • Dec 19 Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1st woman governor, dies at 101
  • Dec 24 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)
  • Dec 31 Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)