On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1977

Day of the Week: Saturday

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 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 interestEvent of Interest

Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM

Famous Birthdays

  • Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York
  • Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Famous Deaths

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