On This Day

What Happened in January 1977

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • Jan 1 Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596
  • Jan 1 Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77
  • Jan 1 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 1 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • Jan 1 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10

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Jan 2 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

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Jan 3 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs incorporate Apple Computer, Inc

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak
Co-founder of Apple
Steve Wozniak
Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Jan 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • Jan 3 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
  • Jan 6 Charter 77, a document criticising the Czech government's human rights abuses, is published in Prague
  • Jan 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2
  • Jan 9 George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 9 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • Jan 11 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • Jan 11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Jan 12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

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Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Jan 15 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, begins in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Jan 16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder

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Jan 18 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan takes 6 for 63 in the Australian 2nd innings for a match total of 12 to lead his side to an easy 8 wicket 3rd Test win in Sydney

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • Jan 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 19 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)

  • Jan 19 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • Jan 19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush ends term as 11th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

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Jan 21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 23 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • Jan 24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: Five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Jan 25 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: Wales beats Campbell, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • Jan 26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift in Helsinki

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 29 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
  • Jan 30 Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • Jan 31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian soccer utility (42 caps; Bayern Munich, 234 games, sporting director), born in Jablanica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Jan 2 Brian Boucher, American ice hockey goaltender (NHL modern record for the longest shutout streak 332:01, 2003-04) and broadcaster (NBCSN, NBC), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Jan 3 Lee Bowyer, English soccer midfielder and manager (1 cap; Leeds United; manager Charlton Athletic 2018-19), born in London, England
  • Jan 3 A.J. Burnett, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2015; World Series 2009; AL strikeout leader 2008; no-hitter 2001), born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 3 Mayumi Iizuka, Japanese voice actress (seiyū)
  • Jan 4 Irán Castillo, Mexican actress, born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • Jan 4 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 4 Tim Wheeler, Irish singer (Ash), born in Downpatrick, United Kingdom
  • Jan 4 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • Jan 6 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 7 Dustin Diamond, American actor (Screech-Saved By Bell), born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 7 Michelle Behennah, British model, born in Singapore
  • Jan 7 John Gidding, American architect & TV host (Designed to Sell), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jan 8 Ryan Frances, American actor (Trevor-Sisters), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • Jan 8 Amber Benson, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 8 Ron Pederson, Canadian actor, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Jan 8 Lee Yoo-jin, Korean actress, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jan 9 Beth Troutman, American production assistant, born in Concord, North Carolina
  • Jan 11 Shomari Buchanan, American football player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jan 11 Nadia Turner, American singer, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 12 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 12 Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor, born in Manila, Philippines

Person of interestOrlando Bloom

Jan 13 Orlando Bloom, English actor (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings), born in Canterbury, England

  • Jan 13 James Posey, American basketball player
  • Jan 14 Terry Ryan, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in St. John's, Canada
  • Jan 16 Jeff Foster, American basketball player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Ali el Kattabi, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • Jan 17 Kevin Thorn, American professional wrestler, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 17 Leigh Whannell, Australian screenwriter & actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 18 Curtis Cregan, American actor, born in Vintage, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 18 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Annie Miller, American tennis player (1995 Darmstadt Germany), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Jan 19 Taliesin Jaffe, American actor (Willy-Hail to the Chief), born in Venice, California
  • Jan 19 Lauren, Cameroonian footballer, born in Kribi, Cameroon
  • Jan 19 Nicole, Chilean singer, born in Chile
  • Jan 19 Cocco, Japanese singer, born in Naha, Japan
  • Jan 20 Paul Adams, South African cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jan 20 Melody, Belgian singer, born in Ronse, Belgium
  • Jan 21 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Jan 21 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Rick Ross, American rapper
  • Jan 22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • Jan 22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union flanker (8 caps; Chiefs) and coach (Ulster, La Rochelle), born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • Jan 24 Lenka Cenkova, Czech tennis player (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER), born in Trinec, Czechia
  • Jan 26 Justin Gimelstob, American tennis player (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Jan 26 Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made "Le dunk de la mort" (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jan 28 Matt DeVries, American guitarist (Chimaira)
  • Jan 28 Takuma Sato, Japanese racing car driver (Indianapolis 500 2017), born in Toyko, Japan
  • Jan 28 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • Jan 28 Joey Fatone, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • Jan 28 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Justin Hartley, American actor (Smallville, This Us), born in Knoxville, Illinois
  • Jan 30 Deltha O'Neal, American football player, born in Palo Alto, California
  • Jan 31 Shingo Katori, Japanese actor & singer (SMAP), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Jan 31 Jim Kleinsasser, American football tight end, born in Carrington, North Dakota
  • Jan 31 Kate Shindle, American actress, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 31 Kerry Washington, American actress (Scandal), born in The Bronx, New York

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 19 Director Martin Scorsese (34) divorces Julia Cameron (28) after 1 year of marriage

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese

Famous Deaths


Person of interestErroll Garner

Jan 2 Erroll Garner, American jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 5 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), dies at 74
  • Jan 6 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Niall MacGinnis, Irish character actor (Curse of the Demon, Helen of Troy), dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 9 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
  • Jan 10 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, French director (Les Diaboliques, Truth), dies at 69

Person of interestAnthony Eden

Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

Person of interestPeter Finch

Jan 14 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60

  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 16 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), dies at 53
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, American murderer executed in Utah at 36, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Geraldine Brooks, American actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toot's Shor's Restaurant), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, American actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), dies from cancer and hepatitis at 60
  • Jan 27 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92
  • Jan 29 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), dies at 75
  • Jan 29 Freddie Prinze, comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22