Historical Events in January 1977

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

Sports History

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

  • 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 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play announcer
  • Jan 6 Charter 77, a document criticising the Czech government's human rights abuses, is published in Prague

Music History

Jan 6 EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols

  • 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

Australian Men's 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

  • Jan 9 Revival of George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" closes at Uris Theater, NYC, after 122 performances

Super Bowl

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

  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 10 Steve Allen's "Meeting Of The Minds", a round table talk-show in which he interviews figures from history debuts on PBS
  • 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 Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize premieres on ABC TV

Album Release

Jan 14 RCA releases David Bowie's 11th studio album, "Low"

  • Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
  • 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 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • 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 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people

Sports History

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

  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.

Hall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 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 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 20 George H. W. Bush ends his term as 11th director of CIA replaced by E. Henry Knoche as acting director

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)

Sports History

Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW vs 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 and Al López elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 The Pompidou Centre, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, housing the greatest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, is inaugurated in Paris [1]