On This Day

What Happened in February 1977

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • Feb 3 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Feb 4 Wings release their single "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 Comedy album "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 5 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • Feb 5 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner

Sports History

Feb 5 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center

  • Feb 6 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 6 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8 Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Historic Event

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

  • Feb 10 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyahu Lane in the Bronx, New York, named in honor of the Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid in Uganda in 1976
  • Feb 11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • Feb 12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Feb 12 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, finishes in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Feb 13 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 239 performances
  • Feb 13 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Feb 13 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances

Sports History

Feb 13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 27th NBA All-Star Game, MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, Wi: West beats East, 125-124; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan
  • Feb 17 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

Music Single

Feb 18 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album

  • Feb 18 Space Shuttle Enterprise takes its maiden flight affixed atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier
  • Feb 18 West Indies cricket fast bowlers Joel Garner (4/130) and (Colin Croft 3/85) debut in drawn 1st Test v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Feb 18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: "This Masquerade"and Starland Vocal Band win
  • Feb 19 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • Feb 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 19 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • Feb 19 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points

#1 in the Charts

Feb 19 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded By The Light" goes to #1

Musical Finale

Feb 20 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" closes at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 377 performances

  • Feb 20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th
  • Feb 21 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 24 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

NBA Record

Feb 25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

  • Feb 25 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
  • Feb 26 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)

Music History

Feb 27 Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada

Music History

Feb 27 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"

  • Feb 28 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28 Dock strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player (10 World Series of Poker bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour title, 9 World Poker Tour final tables), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 1 Kevin Kilbane, Irish soccer left back, winger (110 caps Republic of Ireland; WBA, Sunderland, Everton), born in Preston, England


Feb 2 Shakira [Mebarak-Ripoll], Colombian pop singer ("Whenever Wherever"; "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"), born in Barranquilla, Colombia

  • Feb 2 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • Feb 2 Heather Martin, American gospel singer
  • Feb 3 Maitland Ward, American actress (Jessica-Bold & Beautiful), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 3 Daddy Yankee [Ramón Rodríguez], reggaeton singer and rapper (Despacito), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 4 Gavin DeGraw, American rock singer-songwriter "Not Over You"), born in South Fallsburg, New York

Ben Ainslie

Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor, 4-time Olympic champion and CEO and skipper of America's Cup team INEOS Britannia, born in Macclesfield, England

  • Feb 5 Adam Everett, American baseball player, born in Austell, Georgia
  • Feb 5 Ahmad Merritt, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Jason Euell, English footballer, born in Lambeth, London
  • Feb 7 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Feb 7 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 7 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • Feb 8 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • Feb 8 Dave Farrell, American rock bass player (Linkin Park - "In The End"; "What I've Done"), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Feb 8 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 8 Bridgette Kerkove, American actress
  • Feb 10 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer, born in Kédougou, Senegal
  • Feb 11 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 11 Mike Shinoda, American musician (Linkin Park, Fort Minor), born in Agoura Hills, California
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Conrad, US soccer player, born in Arcadia, California
  • Feb 13 Randy Moss, American Pro Football Hall of Fame WR (6-time Pro Bowl), born in Rand, West Virginia
  • Feb 14 Nathan Osmond, American vocalist (Osmond Boys), born in Utah
  • Feb 14 Darren Bennett, English professional dancer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Cadel Evans, Australian road cyclist (Tour de France 2011; UCI World Road Race C'ships 2009), born in Katherine, Australia
  • Feb 14 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • Feb 14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer, born in Ladysmith, South Africa (d. 2007)
  • Feb 15 Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad Religion; Avenged Sevenfold), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 16 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Pittsburgh)
  • Feb 16 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 16 Ian Clarke, Irish computer programmer
  • Feb 16 Ahman Green, American football player
  • Feb 17 Matthew Kaminski, jazz, and baseball organist (Atlanta Braves), polka accordionist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 18 Kátia, Brazilian footballer, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • Feb 18 Sean Watkins, American guitarist, mandolin player, and songwriter (Nickel Creek), born in Vista, California
  • Feb 18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Gordon Grdina, Canadian jazz guitarist and oud player (Nomad Trio), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • Feb 19 Ola Salo [Svensson], Swedish galm-rock singer (The Ark - "It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane"), born in Avesta, Sweden
  • Feb 20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 20 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 20 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • Feb 20 T.J. Slaughter, American football player
  • Feb 20 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese pop singer (Zaman), born in Kfarfila, Lebanon
  • Feb 21 Steve Francis, American basketball player, born in Takoma Park, Maryland
  • Feb 21 Chad Hutchinson, American baseball & football player, born in San Diego, California
  • Feb 21 Kevin Rose, American television host & internet entrepreneur, born in Redding, California
  • Feb 21 Rhiannon Giddens, American singer, fiddler, and banjo player (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and composer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Feb 22 Timo Rose, German filmmaker, born in Rellingen, Germany
  • Feb 22 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Feb 23 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Feb 23 Kristina Šmigun, Estonian cross-country skier, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • Feb 24 Alexis Jose Grullon, American vocalist (Menudo-Cannonball), born in NYC, New York

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Feb 24 Floyd Mayweather Jr., American boxer (5 x weight division world champion; record 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO; undefeated record 50-0), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Feb 24 Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 24 Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • Feb 25 Sarah Jezebel Deva][Jane], British gothic-metal singer (Cradle of Filth, 1994-2008; Angtoria, 2001-2011), born in London, England
  • Feb 25 Josh Wolff, American footballer
  • Feb 26 Tim Thomas, American NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Feb 26 Greg Rikaart, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 26 Josh Towers, American baseball pitcher, born in Port Hueneme, California
  • Feb 26 Shane Williams MBE, Welsh rugby scrum half (87 caps Wales, 4 British & Irish Lions; Neath, Ospreys), born in Morriston, Swansea, Wales
  • Feb 26 James Wan, Malaysian-Australian film director (Saw, The Conjuring), born in Kuching, Malaysia
  • Feb 27 Ji Sung, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 28 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • Feb 28 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (with partner Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 28 Jason Aldean [Williams], American country singer ("Dirt Road Anthem"), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Feb 28 Kehinde Wiley, American painter (portrait of Barack Obama), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

Peter Sellers

Feb 18 British actor Peter Sellers (51) weds (his 4th time), British actress Lynne Frederick (22), in Paris, France

Arthur Ashe

Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Edmond Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 13 Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Quincy Howe, American broadcaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Andy Devine, American character actor (Roy Roger's sidekick - "Cookie"; Stagecoach; Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, 1951-58), dies of leukemia at 71
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Ralph Graves, American actor (Dirigible, Extra Girl, Flight, Dream Street), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 21 Henry Jordan, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1967, 68; 7 × All-Pro; 4 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, GB Packers), dies from a heart attack at 42
  • Feb 22 Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, English cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 79
  • Feb 25 Billy Coutu, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1924; Montreal Canadiens; only player banned from NHL for life, attacked referee 1927), dies at 84
  • Feb 26 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, French composer and organist, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Feb 27 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), dies of leukemia or lead poisoning at 47
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American mystery writer, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Feb 28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71