On This Day

What Happened in December 1977

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 First day of World Series Cricket at VFL Park in Melbourne; barely 200 people see Australia dismissed for 256 by West Indies; Ray Bright top scores with 69; Michael Holding captures 4 wickets & Andy Roberts 3; WI go on to win 1st WSC 'Test' by 3 wickets

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Dec 4 Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowns himself Emperor of the Central African Empire in a lavish ceremony costing US$20 million - one third of the nation's budget
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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 4 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • Dec 4 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare
  • Dec 4 Davis Cup Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • Dec 5 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • Dec 6 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
  • Dec 7 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
  • Dec 8 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 10 Soyuz 26 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Dec 11 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organisation dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 12 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves

#1 in the ChartsSaturday Night Fever Goes #1

Dec 12 "Saturday Night Fever", a film starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC
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The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
  • Dec 13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash

  • Dec 14 Egyptian & Israeli representatives gather in Cairo for first formal peace conference
  • Dec 14 Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore
  • Dec 14 War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years
  • Dec 17 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
  • Dec 17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)
  • Dec 17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game
  • Dec 18 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 18 Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
  • Dec 19 Dutch government of Van Agt/Wiegel forms
  • Dec 20 1st Space walk made by Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission
  • Dec 20 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years
  • Dec 22 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes
  • Dec 24 "Ghost to the Post", Raiders tight end Dave Casper ("The Ghost") catches a 42-yard reception to set up the Raiders' tying field goal near the end of regulation (Raiders win in OT)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Dec 25 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Egypt

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Mönchengladbach's Danish forward Allan Simonsen is named Europe's best football player ahead of Hamburg forward Kevin Keegan and Nancy midfielder Michel Platini
  • Dec 29 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 30 Carter holds 1st news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
  • Dec 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0
  • Dec 31 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • Dec 31 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Dec 31 Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait
  • Dec 31 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Dec 31 Donald Woods, a banned anti-Apartheid white editor flees South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Dec 31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Vitas Gerulaitis wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2
  • Dec 31 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 Brad Delson, American guitarist (Linkin Park)
  • Dec 2 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer plays for Aalborg BK
  • Dec 3 David Sales, cricketer (Northampton batsman, 210 on fc debut 1996)
  • Dec 3 Chad Durbin, American baseball player
  • Dec 3 Adam Małysz, Polish ski-jumper
  • Dec 3 Troy Evans, American football player
  • Dec 4 Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan Test fast bowler v Zimbabwe 1996), born in Faisalabad, Punjab
  • Dec 4 Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 6 Kevin Cash, American baseball player
  • Dec 6 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer
  • Dec 6 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
  • Dec 7 Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 7 Francesca Lubiani, Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
  • Dec 7 Dominic Howard, English drummer (Muse)
  • Dec 7 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • Dec 8 Elsa Benítez, Mexican supermodel
  • Dec 8 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
  • Dec 8 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver
  • Dec 9 Saskia Garel, Canadian actress
  • Dec 9 Shayne Graham, American football player
  • Dec 9 Imogen Heap, English singer-songwriter
  • Dec 10 Emmanuelle Chriqui, Canadian actress
  • Dec 11 Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Englisberg, Switzerland
  • Dec 12 Bridget Hall, American model (Ford), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 12 Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm, American triplet Playboy models, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 12 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • Dec 13 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Münster, Germany
  • Dec 13 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Dec 15 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec 15 Larissa Fontaine, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 16 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • Dec 17 Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
  • Dec 18 José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 19 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball forward and administrator (Toronto Raptors; president Spanish Basketball Federation), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 20 Saukrates, Canadian rapper, born in Ottawa, Canada

Person of interestEmmanuel Macron

Dec 21 Emmanuel Macron, French politician, President of France (2017-), born in Amiens, France

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Dec 22 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Dec 23 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • Dec 23 Alge Crumpler, American football player, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Dec 23 Jari Mäenpää, Finnish guitarist and singer, born in Finland
  • Dec 23 Paul Shirley, American basketball player, born in Redwood City, California
  • Dec 25 Jim Greco, American skateboarder, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 25 Uhm Ji-won, South Korean actress, born in Daegu, South Korea
  • Dec 25 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dec 27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 27 Jacqueline Pillon, Canadian actress
  • Dec 28 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player, born in Penrith, Australia
  • Dec 29 Katherine Moennig, American actress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 29 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Laila Ali, American boxer
  • Dec 30 Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • Dec 30 Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 30 Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • Dec 31 Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 31 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 21 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter "Glengarry Glen Ross" David Mamet marries 1st wife actress Lindsay Crouse

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Future President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (26) weds architect Jorge Dávalos

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
  • Dec 1 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • Dec 5 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Carl Goldmark, German-Hungarian engineer (developed the LP record format), dies in a car accident at 77
  • Dec 9 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • Dec 10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • Dec 12 Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill (nee Hozier), widow of Sir Winston, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • Dec 16 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • Dec 18 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan, Hans Brinker), dies at 80
  • Dec 18 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), dies at 101
  • Dec 22 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

Dec 25 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Dec 26 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface, The Big Sleep), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 31 Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)