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
  • Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Leila Josefowicz, Canadian classical violinist
  • Matt Jansen, English footballer

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, 1 month and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Libra