On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1977

Historical Events

  • "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • Electric Light Orchestra releases "Telephone Line" in the UK; it would peak in the Top 10 in the UK and US
  • Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings

#1 in the Charts

Stevie Wonder's single "Sir Duke", a tribute to Duke Ellington and other musical influences of Wonder's, begins a 3-week run at #1

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington

Famous Birthdays

  • Quinton Fortune, South African footballer, born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ricky Williams, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1998, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 2002, Miami Dolphins), born in San Diego, California
1977 Highlights

About May 21, 1977

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 44 years, 5 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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