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Historical Events in January 1977

  • Jan 1 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • Jan 1 Belgium reapportions 2,359 communities into 596
  • Jan 1 Czech intellects begin Human Rights Group Chapter 77
  • Jan 1 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 1 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • Jan 1 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10

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Jan 2 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jan 3 Apple Computer, Inc incorporates
  • Jan 3 Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games)
  • Jan 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • Jan 3 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
  • Jan 6 Charter 77, a document criticising the Czech government's human rights abuses, is published in Prague
  • Jan 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2
  • Jan 9 "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 9 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • Jan 11 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • Jan 11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Jan 12 "Ipi Tombi" opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Jan 12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

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Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Jan 15 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, begins in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Jan 16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder

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Jan 18 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan takes 6 for 63 in the Australian 2nd innings for a match total of 12 to lead his side to an easy 8 wicket 3rd Test win in Sydney

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • Jan 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 19 US President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (Tokyo Rose)
  • Jan 19 World's largest crowd gathering - the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people
  • Jan 19 Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.
  • Jan 20 George H. W. Bush ends term as 11th director of CIA
  • Jan 20 Mr Knoche, serves as acting director of CIA

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Jan 21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 23 $1.5-million Serge Lepage dress exhibited, Paris
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • Jan 24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: Five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Jan 25 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: Wales beats Campbell, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • Jan 26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift in Helsinki

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 29 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
  • Jan 30 Edward W Stack replaces Paul Kerr president of Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Frenchman Francois Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad
  • Jan 31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John