What Happened in 1977

Significant Events

  • Jan 3 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates
  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Mar 27 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain
  • 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, the earliest life form
  • 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

  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC

1977 in Music

  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks

1977 in Sport

  • 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

Did You Know?

Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

On May 25, 1977


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
  • Jun 8 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett
  • Jun 14 English model Twiggy Lawson (27) weds actor Michael Witney (45)

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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