On This Day

What Happened in October 1977

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 1 US Department of Energy established

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Oct 1 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Oct 1 New York Yankees end MLB season with 100-62 record; win 2nd consecutive AL East title; go on the win World Series 4-2 v LA Dodgers
  • Oct 2 Pakistani general Zia ul-Haq bans all opposition

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against Astros' J.R. Richard; Dodgers become the first team in MLB history to have 4 players hit 30 or more HRs; joins Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30)

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; Englishman James Hunt wins the race

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Indira Gandhi arrested

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Oct 5 "Hair" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • Oct 6 DL Coburns "Gin Game" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 Yankees win AL pennant by rallying for 3 runs in 9th to beat KC Royals 5-3 in 5th & deciding playoff game
  • Oct 6 In Alicante, Spain, fascists attack a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers, and one MCPV sympathizer is killed.
  • Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • Oct 7 USSR adoption of the Fourth Soviet Constitution.
  • Oct 8 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)

  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 Soyuz 25 launched to Saluyt 6, but returned after failing to dock
  • Oct 9 Yanks rally for 3 in 9th & beat Royals 5-3 for pennant #31
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 10 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
  • Oct 11 Soyuz 25 returns to Earth

InventionHistoric Invention

Oct 11 American inventor Gordon Gould issued his first US patent for a optically pumped laser amplifier, 20 years after first claiming to have invented the laser

Physicist Gordon Gould
Physicist
Gordon Gould
  • Oct 12 "Throwaway Game" Catfish Hunter loses WS 6-1 resting Yank pitchers
  • Oct 12 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 12 Psychic Romark attempts to drive blindfolded, smashed into cop van
  • Oct 12 US Supreme Court heard arguments in "reverse discrimination" case of Allan Bakke, white student denied admission to University of California Med School

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Oct 14 Princess Beatrice opens Amsterdam metro
  • Oct 14 Rock band Kiss release their 2nd live album "Alive II"
  • Oct 15 Arkansas' Steve Little kicks a record tying 67 yard field goal
  • Oct 15 Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Oct 15 Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • Oct 15 "Serpentine Fire" single released by Earth, Wind & Fire (Billboard Song of the Year 1978)
  • Oct 17 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
  • Oct 17 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers

  • Oct 18 1st Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th
  • Oct 18 NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games
  • Oct 18 West German commandos liberate Boeing 737 with 86 hostages at Mogadishu

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 18 Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 18 Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years
  • Oct 19 Corpse of kidnapped West German, H M Schleyer, found
  • Oct 19 Supersonic Concorde jet's 1st landing in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC

Playwright David Mamet
Playwright
David Mamet
  • Oct 20 Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick
  • Oct 21 US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • Oct 21 The European Patent Institute is founded.
  • Oct 22 International Sun-Earth Explorers 1 & 2 launched into Earth orbit
  • Oct 23 New York City Marathon: defending champion Bill Rodgers wins in 2:11:38; Miki Gorman retains women's title in 2:43:10
  • Oct 23 Panamanians vote 2:1 to approve new Canal treaties
  • Oct 23 Paleontologist Elso Barghoorn announces discovery of a 3.4-billion year old one-celled fossil, one of the earliest life forms on Earth
  • Oct 23 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa
  • Oct 25 Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
  • Oct 26 5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • Oct 26 Dr Clifford R Wharton Jr named chancellor of State University of New York
  • Oct 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 26 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
  • Oct 27 Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • Oct 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-200
  • Oct 29 "Act" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances
  • Oct 29 Texas' Russell Erideben kicks his 3rd 60 yard field goal of the season
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 30 Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 5 Lia Rousset, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Alhambra, California
  • Oct 6 Shimon Gershon, Israeli footballer
  • Oct 6 Vladimir Manchev, Bulgarian footballer
  • Oct 6 Daniel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 7 Clayton Miller, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 7 Brandon Quinn, American actor, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Oct 7 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress, born in Kaitaia, New Zealand
  • Oct 8 Erna Siikavirta, Finnish musician (Deathlike Silence), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Oct 8 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider, born in Dijon, France
  • Oct 9 Brian Roberts, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Oct 11 Matthew Bomer, American actor (The Normal Heart), born in Webster Groves, Missouri
  • Oct 11 Desmond Mason, American basketball player, born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • Oct 11 Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist, born in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Oct 11 Ty Wigginton, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 12 Bode Miller, American alpine ski-racer (Olympic gold 2010), born in Easton, New Hampshire
  • Oct 12 Javier Toyo, Venezuelan football goalkeeper (Venezuela national football team), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Oct 12 Jay Jenkins, American rapper also known as "Young Jeezy", born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Oct 12 Christie Kerr, American golfer (US Open 2007, PGA Championship 2010), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 13 Gareth Batty, English cricketer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire
  • Oct 13 Paul Pierce, American basketball player, born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 13 Kiele Sanchez, American actress (The Glades), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 14 Kelly Schumacher, Canadian basketball player
  • Oct 14 Jonathan Kerrigan, English actor
  • Oct 14 Tina Dico [Dickow], Danish singer-songwriter, born in Åbyhøj, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Oct 14 Freddy Kempf, British musician (BBC Young Musician of the Year), born in Croydon, England
  • Oct 15 Masato Kawabata, Japanese racing driver
  • Oct 15 Erin McKeown, American musician and singer-songwriter, (We Will Become Like Birds), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Oct 15 Patricio Urrutia, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Oct 15 David Trezeguet, French football player
  • Oct 16 John Mayer, American guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Your Body Is A Wonderland"; "Waiting For The World To Change'), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Oct 17 Dudu Aouate, Israeli footballer
  • Oct 17 Bryan Bertino, American film director and screenwriter
  • Oct 18 Chris McKenna, American actor (Joey-One Live to Live), born in Queens, New York
  • Oct 18 Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • Oct 18 David Vuillemin, French professional Motocross Rider, born in Berre-l'Étang, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
  • Oct 18 Simon Rix, British rock bassist (Kaiser Chiefs - "Ruby") born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Oct 19 Louis-José Houde, Canadian stand-up comic
  • Oct 19 Jason Reitman, Canadian filmmaker
  • Oct 19 Raúl Tamudo, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 20 Matt Jansen, English footballer, born in Carlisle, England
  • Oct 20 Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • Oct 24 Iván Kaviedes, Ecuadorian football player, born in Santo Domingo, Ecuador
  • Oct 25 Birgit Prinz, German footballer (three-time FIFA World Player of the Year), born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
  • Oct 26 Jon Heder, American actor (Napoleon Dynamite), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Oct 27 Jiří Jarosík, Czech footballer, born in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 27 Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan cricketer, born in Matale, Sri Lanka
  • Oct 29 Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
  • Oct 30 Jason Adelman, American actor (Talisman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim (went missing with her mother from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, in 1980), born in Colac, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 31 Sylviane Félix, French athlete, born in Créteil, France
  • Oct 31 Séverine Ferrer, French pop singer, born in Montpellier, France

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Professional boxer George Foreman (28) weds Cynthia Lewis

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 21 Actor Peter Boyle (42) weds Loraine Alterman at the United Nations chapel in Manhattan


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • Oct 10 Angelo Muscat, Maltese-born British actor (The Prisoner, Doctor Who), dies at 47
  • Oct 10 Jean Duvieusart, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium, dies at 77
  • Oct 11 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • Oct 11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Oct 12 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • Oct 12 Jan Zrzavý, Czech painter, dies at 86

Person of interestBing Crosby

Oct 14 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American singer and actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 15 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • Oct 17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • Oct 18 Rolph Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain on 1939 England tour), dies at 67

Person of interestAndreas Baader

Oct 18 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 34

Red Army Faction Leader Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction Leader
Andreas Baader
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist and founder of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 37
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • Oct 20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, dies at 85
  • Oct 27 James M. Cain, American writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • Oct 27 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, dies at 65
  • Oct 31 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), dies of cancer at 56