On This Day

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

Tennis Player Vitas Gerulaitis
Tennis Player
Vitas Gerulaitis
  • 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

Historic Event

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


Psy [Park Jae-sang], South Korean pop star (Gangnam Style), born in Seoul, South Korea

K-Pop Star Psy
K-Pop Star
  • 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)
1977 Highlights

About December 31, 1977

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 9 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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