What Happened on December 4, 1977

Historical Events

  • Davis Cup Men's 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

Dictator Bokassa I

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

Film & TV History

Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

  • NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7

Sports History

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 58 wickets, top score 109; 191 ODIs), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas
  • Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 36 wickets; 17 ODIs), born in Faisalabad, Punjab

Famous Deaths

  • Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
1977 Highlights

About December 4, 1977

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 11 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
  • UK #1 Song: Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School - Wings