What Happened on December 4, 1977

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 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

KnighthoodDictator 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
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 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

  • Big Pokey [Milton Powell], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), born in Houston, Texas
  • Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan Test fast bowler v Zimbabwe 1996), born in Faisalabad, Punjab

Famous Deaths

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