January 1977 in History

Events in History

  • 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, charged with 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

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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

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

Deaths in History

  • 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
  • Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
  • Jan 14 Ana├»s 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