What Happened on September 29, 1977

Historical Events

  • "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1

Album Release

Columbia Records releases "The Stranger", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's fifth studio album; it becomes the label's all-time best selling non-compilation record

  • Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Music History

James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked

Boxing Title Fight

Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers by unanimous decision over 15 rounds in NYC for WBA, WBC and The Ring heavyweight boxing titles

  • Peter Schats circus opera "Houdini" premieres in Amsterdam
  • Soviet space station Salyut 6 launched into Earth orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Jake Westbrook, American baseball player, born in Athens, Georgia
  • Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan
  • Won Bin, South Korean actor (Autumn in My Heart), born in Jeongseon County, South Morea

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 78
1977 Highlights

About September 29, 1977

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 45 years, 2 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Meco
  • UK #1 Song: Way Down - Elvis Presley