On This Day

Historical Events in February 1977

  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • Feb 3 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 4 "Rumours" 11th studio album by Fleetwood Mac is released (Grammy Album of the Year)
  • Feb 4 Wings release their single "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  • Feb 5 "CB Savage" by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • Feb 5 "Dis-Gorilla (part 1)" by Rick Dees peaks at #56
  • Feb 5 "In The Mood" by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
  • Feb 5 "Turn Loose On My Leg" by Jim Stafford peaks at #98
  • Feb 5 Comedy album "Up Your Nose" by Gabriel Kaplan peaks at #91
  • Feb 5 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio
  • Feb 5 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner

Sports History

Feb 5 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center

  • Feb 6 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 6 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8 Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Historic Event

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

  • Feb 10 "Party with Comden & Green" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyahu Lane in the Bronx, New York, named in honor of the Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid in Uganda in 1976
  • Feb 11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • Feb 12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Feb 12 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, finishes in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Feb 13 Revival of Frank Loesser's musical "Guys & Dolls" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 239 performances
  • Feb 13 "Ipi Tombi" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • Feb 13 "Robber Bridegroom" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 145 performances

Sports History

Feb 13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 13 27th NBA All-Star Game, MECCA Arena, Milwaukee, Wi: West beats East, 125-124; MVP: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers, F

  • Feb 15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan
  • Feb 17 Kalakuta Republic, commune of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti, burnt to the ground by soldiers in Lagos

Music Single

Feb 18 George Harrison releases music single "True Love", from his "33-1/3" album

  • Feb 18 Space Shuttle Enterprise takes its maiden flight affixed atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier
  • Feb 18 West Indies cricket fast bowlers Joel Garner (4/130) and (Colin Croft 3/85) debut in drawn 1st Test v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Feb 18 American rock band KISS play their first concert in their hometown venue of Madison Square Garden in New York City
  • Feb 19 19th Grammy Awards: "This Masquerade"and Starland Vocal Band win
  • Feb 19 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • Feb 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 19 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • Feb 19 Right wing Rod Gilbert scores a goal and adds an assist in a 5-2 defeat at the NY Islanders to become first player in NY Rangers history (11th in NHL) to score 1,000 career points

#1 in the Charts

Feb 19 Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of Bruce Springsteen's song "Blinded By The Light" goes to #1

  • Feb 20 Revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical "My Fair Lady" closes at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC, after 377 performances
  • Feb 20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins his 2nd Great American Race; Janet Guthrie first female NASCAR Cup Series driver; finishes 12th
  • Feb 21 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC

Historic Event

Feb 24 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights

  • Feb 24 12th Academy of Country Music Awards: Mickey Gilley and Crystal Gayle win

NBA Record

Feb 25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

  • Feb 25 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
  • Feb 26 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)

Music History

Feb 27 Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada

Music History

Feb 27 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"

  • Feb 28 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28 Dock strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends