October 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 US Department of Energy established
  • Oct 1 Yanks win 2nd consecutive AL East title
  • Oct 2 Pakistan general Zia ul-Haq bans all opposition

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Oct 3 Indira Gandhi arrested

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Oct 6 DL Coburns "Gin Game" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 In Alicante, Spain, fascists attack a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers, and one MCPV sympathizer is killed.
  • Oct 7 USSR adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.
  • Oct 9 Soyuz 25 launched to Saluyt 6, but returned after failing to dock
  • Oct 9 Yanks rally for 3 in 9th & beat Royals 5-3 for pennant #31
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 25 returns to Earth
  • Oct 12 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 12 Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, smashed into cop van
  • Oct 12 US Supreme Court heard arguments in "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School
  • Oct 14 Princess Beatrice opens Amsterdam metro
  • Oct 15 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • Oct 15 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • Oct 17 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
  • Oct 17 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers
  • Oct 18 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
  • Oct 18 West German commandos liberate Boeing 737 with 86 hostages at Mogadishu
  • Oct 19 Corpse of kidnapped West German, H M Schleyer, found
  • Oct 19 Supersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC
  • Oct 20 David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • Oct 21 The European Patent Institute is founded.
  • Oct 22 International Sun-Earth Explorers 1 & 2 launched into Earth orbit
  • Oct 23 7th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:43:10
  • Oct 23 Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties
  • Oct 23 Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces discovery of a 3.4-billion year old one-celled fossil, the earliest life form
  • Oct 25 Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
  • Oct 26 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 26 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of New York
  • Oct 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 26 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
  • Oct 27 Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • Oct 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-200
  • Oct 29 Texas' Russell Erideben kicks his 3rd 60 yard field goal of the season
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 30 Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07

Birthdays in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

  • 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