What Happened on October 20, 1977

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • David Mamet's "Life in the Theater" premieres in NYC
  • Hamilton Deane & John Balderstons "Dracula" premieres in NYC
  • Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing six
  • Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and 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