On This Day

What Happened on October 11, 1977

Historical Events

InventionHistoric Invention

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
Gordon Gould
  • Soyuz 25 returns to Earth

Famous Birthdays

  • Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist, born in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Desmond Mason, American basketball player, born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • Matthew Bomer, American actor (The Normal Heart), born in Webster Groves, Missouri
  • Ty Wigginton, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California

Famous Deaths

  • MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
1977 Highlights

About October 11, 1977

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 9 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra