On This Day

What Happened in June 1977

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
  • Jun 1 Russia charges Jewish rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason
  • Jun 1 Dutch soccer club FC Volendam is established as a result of split up with RKSV; 6-time Eerste Divisie champions
  • Jun 2 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
  • Jun 3 Baltimore Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)
  • Jun 3 Belgium government of Tindemans forms
  • Jun 3 US & Cuba talk about diplomatic relations
  • Jun 4 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 4 French Open Women's Tennis: Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia wins her lone Grand Slam singles title; beats Florența Mihai of Romania 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

  • Jun 4 An estimated 20,000 Scottish football fans invade the Wembley Stadium pitch after Scotland beats England, 2-1; goalposts and advertising hoardings destroyed
  • Jun 5 31st NBA Championship: Port Trailblazers beat Philadelphia 76er, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box & Annie win
  • Jun 5 Coup in Seychelles (National Day)
  • Jun 5 Los Angeles Dodgers retire Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager Walter Alston's #24

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina wins first career Grand Slam event; outclasses American Brian Gottfried 6-0, 6-3, 6-0

Historic Event

Jun 5 National Council of Women of Kenya led by Wangari Maathai march to Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, and plant seven trees - beginning of the Green Belt Movement

  • Jun 6 "Washington Post" reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • Jun 6 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert at Calabasas Park Country Club & Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles to benefit the United Way
  • Jun 6 Joseph L Howze installed as bishop of Roman Catholic diocese (Miss)
  • Jun 6 Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws
  • Jun 7 Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law
  • Jun 7 White Sox draft Harold Baines #1

Sex Pistols' Break Up

Jun 7 During the Queen's Jubilee, the Sex Pistols attempt to perform on a boat on the River Thames, but are forced to stop by the police

Baseball Record

Jun 8 MLB California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game, in 10-inning, 2-1 win over visiting Toronto Blue Jays

  • Jun 9 50th National Spelling Bee: John Paola wins spelling cambist

Notable Fireworks

Jun 9 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks

Apple Macintosh Personal Computer

Jun 10 Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers

Historic Event

Jun 10 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison

  • Jun 10 International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.
  • Jun 10 American golfer Al Geiberger becomes first player in history to post a sub-60 score, 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • Jun 11 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet riding Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 11 Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland
  • Jun 11 Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Jun 11 "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and the Sunshine Band peaks at #1
  • Jun 12 Stephen Schwartz's musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after performances, and 5 Tony Award wins

LPGA Championship

Jun 12 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post & Judy Rankin

Historic Event

Jun 12 Groundbreaking ceremony for John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts; architect I. M. Pei's design would take over 2 years to build

Sports History

Jun 15 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry

  • Jun 15 Spain's 1st free elections since 1936 (41 years)
  • Jun 15 Wim Polak becomes mayor of Amsterdam
  • Jun 16 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 16 Fianna Fail party wins Irish elections

Historic Event

Jun 16 Leonid Brezhnev named Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union

Sports History

Jun 16 Ron Guidry's 1st complete game, 7-0 over KC Royals

Historic Event

Jun 16 Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates

Music History

Jun 18 Sex Pistols johnny rotten & Paul Cook, beaten by a group of rabble-rousers outside of a London pub

  • Jun 18 Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for 1st time, it was fixed to a modified Boeing 747
  • Jun 19 US Open Golf, Southern Hills CC: Hubert Green shoots 2-under 278 to beat Lou Graham by 1 stroke

Sports History

Jun 19 MLB Cleveland Indians fire manager Frank Robinson and replace him with Jeff Torborg

Historic Event

Jun 19 Pope Paul VI makes 19th-cen bishop John Neumann 1st US male saint

  • Jun 19 Red Sox set 3 game record of 16 HRs, all against Yanks

Historic Event

Jun 20 Menachem Begin forms Israeli government

  • Jun 20 Oil enters Trans-Alaska pipeline exits 38 days later at Valdez

Historic Event

Jun 21 Former White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman enters prison

  • Jun 21 Menachem Begin (Likud) becomes Israel's 6th Prime Minister
  • Jun 21 Bülent Ecevit forms a minority government in Turkey which lasts only 1 month
  • Jun 22 Former AG John Mitchell starts 19 months in Alabama prison
  • Jun 22 Walt Disney's "Rescuers" released, first Disney film to get a sequel
  • Jun 23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests

Historic Event

Jun 24 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976

  • Jun 24 Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira is the first African to be elected president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Jun 24 27th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Ascent" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 Crystal Gayle releases best-selling album "We Must Believe in Magic" featuring worldwide hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" (1st platinum album by a female country music artist)
  • Jun 25 Roy C. Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for 7th time!
  • Jun 25 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • Jun 26 42 die in fire inmate causes at Maury County Jail in Columbia Tenn

Music Concert

Jun 26 Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career

  • Jun 26 The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute.
  • Jun 26 Tim Severin aboard the Brendan reaches Newfoundland in attempt to prove sixth-century Irish monks could have voyaged across the Atlantic
  • Jun 27 5-4 Supreme Court decision allows lawyers to advertise
  • Jun 27 Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France

Baseball Record

Jun 27 Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)

  • Jun 28 Billy Hunter becomes Rangers' 4th manager in 6 days
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers
  • Jun 28 The United Party, main political opposition party in South Africa, is formally disbanded by the majority faction after members leave the party to join other new political parties
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules out death penalty for rapists of adults

Sports History

Jun 29 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR as his Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St Louis Cardinals, 9-1 at Busch Stadium

  • Jun 29 South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)
  • Jun 30 Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber later "B-1's the B-52"

Historic Publication

Jun 30 Marvel Comics publish "Kiss book" tributing rock group Kiss

  • Jun 30 US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Washington, D.C.)
  • Jun 30 Yankee DH Cliff Johnson hit 3 consecutive HRs in Toronto

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Danielle Harris, American actress
  • Jun 1 Sarah Wayne Callies, American actress (Prison Break; The Walking Dead), born in La Grange, Illinois
  • Jun 2 Ellie Raab, American actor (Fabulous Baker Boys, Extreme Close-up), born in Wisconsin
  • Jun 2 Zachary Quinto, American actor (Star Trek), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 3 Travis Hafner, American MLB first baseman (tied MLB record 6 grand slams 2006), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Jun 3 Cris [Cristiano Gomes], Brazilian footballer and manager, born in Guarulhos, Brazil
  • Jun 3 Az-Zahir Hakim, American football player and coach, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 4 Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 4 Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 4 Berglind Icey, Icelandic actor
  • Jun 4 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • Jun 4 Roman Miroshnichenko, Russian jazz-fusion, rock, and world music guitarist, and composer, born in Dniprodzerzhynsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • Jun 5 Chantal Lefebvre, Canadian, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Ville LaSalle, Quebec
  • Jun 5 Christian Martucci, American musician (Stone Sour), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 5 Nourhanne, Armenian-Lebanese pop singer ("Habibi ya Einy")
  • Jun 5 Navi Rawat, American actress (The O.C.), born in Malibu, California
  • Jun 5 Liza Weil, American actress (Gilmore Girls), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jun 6 David Connolly, Irish footballer
  • Jun 6 Bryn Williams, Welsh chef
  • Jun 7 Marcin Baszczyński, Polish football player
  • Jun 8 Yvette Basting, Belgian professional tennis player, 1992-2002 (1994 Futures-Flensberg-GER), born in Breda, Netherlands

Kanye West

Jun 8 Kanye West, American rapper, songwriter, and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jun 8 Frøy Aagre, Norwegian jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist, born in Tønsberg, Norway
  • Jun 9 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jun 9 Roopa Mishra, Indian civil servant
  • Jun 9 Amisha Patel, Indian actress
  • Jun 9 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • Jun 10 Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
  • Jun 10 Nergal [Adam Darski], Polish heavy metal singer, guitarist, bandleadesr, and songwriter (Behemoth), born in Gdynia, Poland
  • Jun 10 Mike Rosenthal, American football player, sports radio talk show host
  • Jun 11 Odalis Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2002; Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers, KC Royals), born in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic (d. 2022)
  • Jun 11 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jun 11 Ryan Dunn, American actor and TV personality (Homewrecker), born in Medina, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Jun 11 Shane Meier, Canadian actor (The Matthew Shepard Story), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Jun 11 Ozan Musluoğlu, Turkish ska-punk (Athena), and jazz bassist, born in Germany
  • Jun 12 Kenny Wayne Shepherd [Brobst], American blues-rock guitarist, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Jun 13 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jun 14 Massimiliano Neri, Italian Supermodel
  • Jun 14 Chris McAlister, American football player
  • Jun 15 Nina Liu, Australian actress
  • Jun 15 Michael Doleac, American basketball player
  • Jun 16 Kerry Wood, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in Irving, Texas
  • Jun 16 Petros Papadakis, American sportscaster, former USC football player
  • Jun 17 Bernardo Federico Tomas, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jun 17 Jason Miller, actor (New Mickey Mouse Club), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Jun 17 Mark Tauscher, American NFL player, born in Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Jun 17 Branko Tomovic, German Serbian actor, born in Münster, Germany
  • Jun 19 Peter Warrick, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 19 Veronika Vařeková, Czech supermodel
  • Jun 20 Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
  • Jun 23 Hayden Foxe, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 23 Miguel Ángel Angulo, Spanish footballer
  • Jun 23 Jason Mraz, American singer-songwriter ("I'm Yours"; "Have It All"), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Jun 24 Cliff Bayer, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 24 Dimosthenis Dikoudis, Greek basketball player
  • Jun 24 Cas Jansen, Dutch actor, born in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
  • Jun 26 Kubo Tite, Japanese manga artist (Bleach), born in Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Jun 26 Mark Jindrak, American Professional Wrestler (Marco Corleone), born in Auburn, New York
  • Jun 27 Arkadiusz Radomski, Polish footballer (Veendam), born in Gniezno, Poland
  • Jun 27 Raúl, Spanish footballer (Real Madrid), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jun 28 Lindsay Lee, American tennis star (1995 Futures-Woodlands TX), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 28 Harun Tekin, Turkish musician (Mor ve Ötesi), born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Jun 28 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 28 Chris Spurling, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 29 Oleg Korenfeld, Russian-American poet
  • Jun 29 Zuleikha Robinson, English actress (The Namesake), born in London
  • Jun 29 Colton Dunn, American comedian, writer and actor (Superstore), born in Normal, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Bill Russell

Jun 8 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett (39); divorced 1980

Twiggy

Jun 14 English model Twiggy Lawson (27) weds actor Michael Witney (45)

Joe Biden

Jun 17 US Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds teacher Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City


Famous Divorces

  • Jun 6 Former Beatle George Harrison (33) and British model Pattie Boyd (32) divorce after 11 years of marriage
  • Jun 9 George & Patti Harrison divorce

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), dies at 77
  • Jun 2 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), dies of heart attack at 45
  • Jun 3 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist (1922 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - discovery of production of heat in muscle), dies at 90

Roberto Rossellini

Jun 3 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (General della Rovere, Open City), dies at 71

  • Jun 5 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • Jun 6 Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jun 9 Hans Andreus [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • Jun 13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • Jun 13 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins), dies of pancreatitis at 21
  • Jun 14 Alan Reed, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Robert Middleton, American actor (Barney-Monroes), dies at 66

Wernher von Braun

Jun 16 Wernher von Braun, German-American rocket scientist (Germany - V1 and V2, US -Saturn V, NASA), and Disney space consultant, dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

  • Jun 19 Geraldine Brooks [Stroock], American stage and screen actress (Brightower; Embraceable You; The Dumplings), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Jun 19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • Jun 20 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs; Pere Ubu), dies of acute pancreatitis at 24
  • Jun 24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician, dies in car crash at 33
  • Jun 25 Endre Szervánszky, Hungarian composer (Dark Heaven Requiem), dies at 65
  • Jun 25 Petko Staynov, Bulgarian composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • Jun 25 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Lou Reizner, American rock vocalist and producer (Rod Stewart; Tommy), dies of cancer at 43
  • Jun 26 Oskar Morgenstern, German American economist, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)