On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1977

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright David Mamet
Playwright
David Mamet
  • 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
  • Revival of stage play "Dracula" premieres in NYC starring Frank Langella as Dracula

Famous Birthdays

  • Leila Josefowicz, Canadian-American classical violinist, born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Matt Jansen, English footballer, born in Carlisle, England
  • Sam Witwer, American actor (Battlestar Galactica, Riverdale), born in Glenview, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
1977 Highlights

About October 20, 1977

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 43 years, 11 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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