On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1977

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey

Famous Birthdays

  • Damien Saez, French singer and songwriter, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
  • Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Deaths


Person of interestFrancis Gary Powers

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

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers

1977 Highlights

About August 1, 1977

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 11 months and 29 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Civic Holiday (Canada), Summer Bank Holiday (Ireland, United Kingdom)

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Leo