On This Day

What Happened in August 1977

Historical Events

Baseball Record

Aug 1 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th MLB career grand slam

Historic Event

Aug 1 Former Lockheed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashes the news helicopter he was flying in Los Angeles

  • Aug 2 In his comeback Test, England cricket batsman Geoff Boycott is unbeaten on 80 after a 1st innings 107 as England beats Australia by 7 wickets in the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge
  • Aug 3 Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 personal computer, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • Aug 3 United States Senate Hearing on MKULTRA.
  • Aug 4 US President Carter establishes Department of Energy
  • Aug 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 7 Gary Geld and Peter Udell'c musical "Shenandoah", based on the film of the same name, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC after 1,050 performances and 2 Tony Awards
  • Aug 7 Mount Usu volcano in Hokkaido, Japan erupts for the first time in over 30 years
  • Aug 8 Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • Aug 8 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)
  • Aug 9 Chris Old completes a century in 37 mins, Yorks v Warwicks
  • Aug 9 NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs
  • Aug 9 Military-controlled Government of Uruguay announces the return to civilian rule through general elections in 1981 to democratically elect a President and Congress
  • Aug 10 Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
  • Aug 10 US & Panama sign Panama Canal Zone accord
  • Aug 10 USSR performs (underground) nuclear test
  • Aug 10 Postal employee David Berkowitz arrested in Yonkers NY, accused of being "Son of Sam" 44 caliber killer
  • Aug 10 About 100 white sympathisers joined evicted black squatters in a protest against the demolition of shanty dwellings outside Cape Town, South Africa
  • Aug 11 Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, v Aust at Headingley
  • Aug 12 For 2nd straight day, Oakland's Manny Sanguillen foils a no-hit bid
  • Aug 12 High Energy Astronomy Observatory {HEAO] 1 launched into Earth's orbit by NASA
  • Aug 12 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st atmospheric test flight
  • Aug 13 1st test glide of space shuttle
  • Aug 13 Randy Bachman quits band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, they then disband
  • Aug 14 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pebble Beach: Lanny Wadkins wins his only major title in event's 1st sudden-death playoff with Gene Littler
  • Aug 14 77,691 see NY Cosmos beat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 at Giants Stadium
  • Aug 15 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia
  • Aug 15 Herbert Kappler, head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, escapes from prison hospital in Rome
  • Aug 15 "Wow" possible alien radio signal from deep space received at "The Big Ear", Ohio State's radio telescope in Delaware
  • Aug 16 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 16 Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • Aug 17 Russian nuclear sub "Artika" is 1st to North Pole
  • Aug 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 17 Thomas Wessinghage, Harald Hudak, Michael Lederer and Karl Fleschen walk world record 4x1500m (14:38.8)
  • Aug 18 2 girls are killed by a runaway car outside of Graceland
  • Aug 18 Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter
  • Aug 18 South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is arrested at a roadblock (dies of police beating 12 September)
  • Aug 19 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR

Voyager 2 Spacecraft

Aug 20 NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, (later Uranus and Neptune also)

  • Aug 21 American water skier Donna Patterson Brice sets women's high speed record 111.11 mph at Long Beach, California
  • Aug 23 1st man-powered flight of a mile (Bryan Allen in Gossamer Condor)
  • Aug 23 Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR

Hall of Fame

Aug 25 Canadian NHL player Tim Horton posthumously inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

  • Aug 26 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • Aug 27 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "Chicago" closes at 46th St Theater, NYC, after 947 performances
  • Aug 27 Army shoots on market vendor women in Conakry, Guinea
  • Aug 27 Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay at Yankee Stadium, Rangers won 8-2

Sports History

Aug 28 NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Baseball Record

Aug 28 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

  • Aug 28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Baseball Record

Aug 29 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

Album Release

Aug 29 Iggy Pop releases his second album "Lust for Life", a collaboration with David Bowie

  • Aug 31 Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
  • Aug 31 Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus
  • Aug 31 Ian Smith, espousing racial segregation, wins Rhodesian general election with 80% of overwhelmingly white electorate's vote

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Damien Saez, French singer and songwriter, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
  • Aug 1 Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 2 Edward Furlong, American actor (John Connor-Terminator 2), born in Pasedina, California

Tom Brady

Aug 3 Tom Brady, American NFL quarterback (7 x Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, 14, 17, 18 NE Patriots, TB Buccaneers 20; NFL MVP 2007, 10, 17; 14 x Pro Bowl), born in San Mateo, California

  • Aug 3 Tómas Lemarquis, Icelandic actor (Nói Albínói), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Aug 3 Óscar Pereiro, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 2006 winner), born in Mos, Galicia, Spain
  • Aug 4 Frankie Kazarian, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 4 Luís Boa Morte, Portuguese footballer
  • Aug 5 Eric Hinske, American baseball utility and coach (AL Rookie of the Year 2002; 3-time WS champion), born in Menasha, Wisconsin
  • Aug 5 Mark Mulder, American baseball player (Oakland Athletics,St. Louis Cardinals), born in South Holland, Illinois
  • Aug 6 Luciano Zavagno, Argentine footballer
  • Aug 6 Leandro Amaral, Brazilian footballer
  • Aug 6 Jennifer Lyons, American actress
  • Aug 6 Jimmy Nielsen, Danish footballer
  • Aug 7 Samantha Ronson, British DJ, born in Camden, London
  • Aug 8 Kurt Bernard, Costa Rican footballer
  • Aug 8 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • Aug 8 Lindsay Sloane, American actress
  • Aug 8 Rocky Thompson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Aug 8 Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
  • Aug 8 Robert Randolph, American pedal steel guitarist (Robert Randolph and the Family Band), born in Irvington, New Jersey
  • Aug 9 Mikael Silvestre, French footballer (Manchester United), born in Chambray-lès-Tours, France
  • Aug 9 Jason Frasor, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player (Washington Mystics), born in Queens, New York
  • Aug 9 Adewale Ogunleye, American football player (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 9 Aldona Nawrocka, Polish pianist, composer and educator, born in Rzeszów, Poland
  • Aug 10 Danny Griffin, Northern Irish footballer
  • Aug 10 Aaron Kamin, American guitarist, and singer-songwriter (The Calling), born in Studio City, California
  • Aug 10 Matt Morgan, British comedian
  • Aug 11 Gemma Hayes, Irish born singer
  • Aug 12 Jesper Grønkjær, Danish footballer
  • Aug 12 Plaxico Burress, American football player
  • Aug 12 Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer
  • Aug 13 Michael Klim, Polish Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 13 Karine Jean-Pierre, American political operative (1st Black and LGBTQ White House Press Secretary 2022-), born in Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Aug 14 Juan Pierre, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 15 Martin Biron, Canadian American ice hockey goaltender, born in Lac-Saint-Charles, Quebec
  • Aug 15 Igor Cassina, Italian gymnast (Olympic gold 2004), born in Seregno, Italy
  • Aug 15 Nicole Paggi, American actress (Hope and Faith), born in Travis County, Texas
  • Aug 16 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Aug 17 Jake Patellis, American actor (Paul Bowman-Good Life), born in Santa Clarita, California
  • Aug 17 William Gallas, French footballer, born in Asnières-sur-Seine, France
  • Aug 17 Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker (50k WR 3:35.47 2006; World C'ship gold 2007; Olympic bronze 2004), born in Geelong, Australia
  • Aug 17 Thierry Henry, French footballer and manager (Arsenal), born in Les Ulis, France
  • Aug 17 Tarja Turunen, Finnish singer, born in Kitee, Finland
  • Aug 18 Régine Chassagne, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 19 Callum Blue, English actor (Dead Like Me, The Tudors), born in London, England
  • Aug 19 Iban Mayo, Spanish cyclist, born in Igorre, Spain
  • Aug 20 Ívar Ingimarsson, Icelandic footballer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Aug 20 Felipe Contepomi, Argentine rugby player and coach, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Aug 20 Manuel Contepomi, Argentine rugby player, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Aug 20 Mayra Verónica, Cuban-American model and actress, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 20 James Ormond, English cricketer, born in Coventry, England
  • Aug 22 Heiðar Helguson, Icelandic footballer, born in Dalvík, Iceland
  • Aug 23 Nicole Bobeck, American figure skater (US Champ 1995), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 23 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • Aug 23 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 24 Per Gade, Danish footballer, born in Nibe, Denmark
  • Aug 24 Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 24 Denílson, Brazilian footballer, born in Diadema, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Aug 24 Robert Enke, German football goalkeeper, born in Jena, Germany (d. 2009)
  • Aug 24 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 25 Sophie Cadieux, Quebec actress
  • Aug 25 Diego Corrales, American boxer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 25 Jonathan Togo, American actor (CSI: Miami), born in Rockland, Massachusetts
  • Aug 26 Liam Botham, English cricketer and ruby player (son of Ian Hampshire all-rounder 1996), born in Doncaster, England
  • Aug 26 Saeko Chiba, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Aug 26 Morris Peterson, American NBA player, born in Flint, Michigan
  • Aug 27 Sarah Chalke, Canadian American actress (Roseanne, Scrubs), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Aug 27 Deco, Portuguese footballer
  • Aug 27 Mase [Mason Durell Betha], American rapper ("Harlem World"), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 29 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 29 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Aug 29 Devean George, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Aug 29 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player, born in Weir, Mississippi
  • Aug 29 Charlie Pickering, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 29 Jo Weil, German actor, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Aug 30 Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • Aug 30 Jens Ludwig, German heavy metal guitarist (Edguy), born in Fulda, Germany
  • Aug 30 Shaun Alexander, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, NFL MVP 2005), born in Florence, Kemtucky
  • Aug 30 Marlon Byrd, American baseball player, born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Aug 30 Elden Henson, American actor (Daredevil), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • Aug 31 Jeff Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • Aug 31 Ian Harte, Irish footballer (Reading), born in Drogheda, Ireland
  • Aug 31 Craig Nicholls, Australian musician (The Vines), born in Sydney

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 5 Actress Julie Newmar (43) weds lawyer J. Holt Smith
  • Aug 27 "Coral Reefer Band" singer Jimmy Buffett (30) weds Jane Slagsvol

Famous Deaths

Francis Gary Powers

Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, dies in a helicopter crash at 47

  • Aug 3 Alfred Lunt, American actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Edgar Adrian, English physiologist (Nobel 1932-function of neurons), dies at 87
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German Marxist philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 91
  • Aug 9 Edward Chapman, British actor (Things to Come, Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Vince Barnett, American actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
  • Aug 11 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), dies at 82
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies at 81
  • Aug 14 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75

Elvis Presley

Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

  • Aug 17 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86

Groucho Marx

Aug 19 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), dies at 86

  • Aug 21 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Danny Lockin, American actor and dancer (Hello Dolly), dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • Aug 22 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet; Family Affair - "Mr. French", Time Machine), dies at 59
  • Aug 23 Naum Gabo [Pevsner], Russian-American sculptor (Stillife Flower), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1944, 46 Montreal Canadiens; Hart Memorial Trophy & Lady Byng Memorial Trophy 1948), dies at 61
  • Aug 24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 H. A. Rey, American author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Heinz Rottger, German composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 27 George Merritt, English actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • Aug 29 Jean Hagen, actress (Dead Ringer, Shaggy Dog, Arena), dies at 54
  • Aug 29 Edward Sinclair, English actor (Dad's Army), dies at 63