On This Day

What Happened in 1977

Important Events

  • Apr 28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jun 9 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks
  • Jun 10 Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
  • Oct 23 Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces discovery of a 3.4-billion year old one-celled fossil, one of the earliest life forms on Earth
  • 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

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1977 in Film & TV

1977 in Music

  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Apr 2 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks

1977 in Sport

  • Jun 10 Al Geiberger becomes the 1st player in history to post a score of 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • Jul 28 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge


World Leaders in 1977

Famous People in 1977

Would You Believe?

New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York

On May 27, 1977

Famous Weddings

  • Feb 18 Actor Peter Sellers (51) weds actress Lynne Frederick (22)
  • Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City
  • Apr 7 Businessman Donald Trump (30) weds his first wife Czech model Ivana Zelníčková (28) at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 19 Director Martin Scorsese (34) divorces Julia Cameron (28) after 1 year of marriage
  • Jun 9 George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • Sep 11 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

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