What Happened on December 31, 1977

Historical Events

  • "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait

Australian Men's Tennis Open

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

  • Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Donald Woods, a banned anti-Apartheid white editor flees South Africa
  • Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government

Event of Interest

Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

  • WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
1977 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York

PsyPsy (45 years old)

South Korean pop star (Gangnam Style), born in Seoul, South Korea

  • Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
Born in 1977

Famous Deaths

  • Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)

About December 31, 1977

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 5 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
  • UK #1 Song: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School - Wings