Historical Events in 1977 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 700 of 700

  • Oct 27 Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • Oct 27 NASA launches space vehicle S-200

Music Premiere

Oct 29 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical "The Act", starring Liza Minnelli, opens at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 233 performances and wins a Tony Award

  • Oct 29 Texas' Russell Erideben kicks his 3rd 60 yard field goal of the season
  • Oct 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 30 Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07
  • Nov 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

Nov 1 US President Jimmy Carter raises the minimum wage from $2.30 to $3.35 an hour, effective from 1st Jan 1981

  • Nov 2 Microbiologist Carl R. Woese and scientists from the University of Illinois announce the identification of methanogens, a form of microbial life (Archaea) dating back some 3.5 billion years

Sports History

Nov 2 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton wins his second Cy Young Award, outpointing Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA

  • Nov 4 UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • Nov 5 NCAA passing record set at 571 yards (Marc Wilson, Brigham Young)
  • Nov 6 39 killed in an earthen dam burst at Toccoa Falls Bible College, Ga
  • Nov 6 Revival of hippie musical "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 43 performances

Election of Interest

Nov 8 Ed Koch is elected Mayor of New York City (his 1st term)

  • Nov 8 Greek Archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina
  • Nov 9 Cincinnati Reds' George Foster wins NL MVP
  • Nov 10 Amsterdam: Red Army Faction terrorists Gert Schneider and Christof Wackernagel arrested
  • Nov 10 Major Indoor Soccer League officially organized (NYC)
  • Nov 11 Wings release "Mull of Kintyre" & "Girl's School"
  • Nov 12 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 12 New Orleans elects 1st black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial
  • Nov 13 25th Islander shut-out Resch 6-0 Gilles scores on 5th penalty shot
  • Nov 13 Final Al Capp comic strip of "Li'l Abner" (1934-77)
  • Nov 17 Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London
  • Nov 17 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel
  • Nov 17 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
  • Nov 19 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 3rd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 19 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrives in Israel
  • Nov 19 Libya drops diplomatic relations with Egypt

Sports History

Nov 20 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins

  • Nov 20 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the 1st Arab leader to address Israeli Knesset
  • Nov 20 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

NFL Record

Nov 20 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards

  • Nov 21 "All 'N All" 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)
  • Nov 21 First flight of Concorde (London to New York)

Sports History

Nov 21 Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year

  • Nov 22 Regular Concorde passenger service between NY and Europe begins

Historic Event

Nov 22 US President Jimmy Carter presents engineer Peter Goldmark with the National Medal of Science for his work communication and entertainment technology

  • Nov 23 European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral

Music Premiere

Nov 23 Revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 96 performances

  • Nov 24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Nov 24 Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Cardinals in St. Louis
  • Nov 25 David Steed balanced stationary on a bike for 9 hrs 15 mins

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Thomas Hearns KOs Jerome Hill in 2 rounds in his 1st pro fight

  • Nov 26 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.
  • Nov 26 42nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 48-21 in Birmingham

Theatrical Finale

Nov 27 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances

  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 41-6; record Grey Cup crowd 68,318; game referred to as the 'Ice Bowl'; Dan Sweet record 23 points
  • Dec 2 First day of World Series Cricket at VFL Park in Melbourne; barely 200 people see Australia dismissed for 256 by West Indies; Ray Bright top scores with 69; Michael Holding captures 4 wickets & Andy Roberts 3; WI go on to win 1st WSC 'Test' by 3 wickets
  • Dec 4 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory

Dictator Bokassa I

Dec 4 Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowns himself Emperor of the Central African Empire in a lavish ceremony costing US$20 million - one third of the nation's budget

Film & TV History

Dec 4 Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7

Sports History

Dec 4 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare

  • Dec 5 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • Dec 6 South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence
  • Dec 7 Islander Billy Smith's 10th shut-out opponent-Black Hawks 4-0
  • Dec 8 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 10 Soyuz 26 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • Dec 11 Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, leaders of the group 'Peace People' (an organization dedicated to encouraging a peaceful resolution of 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland) receive the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Dec 12 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
  • Dec 13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash

Album Release

Dec 13 Asylum Records releases "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 9th studio album;

Historic Event

Dec 14 Dutch war criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years

  • Dec 14 Egyptian & Israeli representatives gather in Cairo for first formal peace conference
  • Dec 14 MLB Boston Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Texas Rangers for John Poloni & cash

Sports History

Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore

  • Dec 17 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41

TV Show Appearance

Dec 17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance on "Saturday Night Live"

  • Dec 17 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Dec 17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game
  • Dec 18 Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
  • Dec 18 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 19 Dutch government of Van Agt/Wiegel forms
  • Dec 20 1st Space walk made by Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Grechko during Salyut 6 EO-1 mission
  • Dec 20 RAF -terrorist Knut Folkerts sentenced to 20 years
  • Dec 22 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes

Music History

Dec 23 British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens formally converts to Islam, taking the name Yusuf Islam

  • Dec 24 "Ghost to the Post", Raiders tight end Dave Casper ("The Ghost") catches a 42-yard reception to set up the Raiders' tying field goal near the end of regulation (Raiders win in OT)
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30

Meeting of Interest

Dec 25 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin meets Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Egypt

  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Ballon d'Or

Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Mönchengladbach's Danish forward Allan Simonsen is named Europe's best football player ahead of Hamburg forward Kevin Keegan and Nancy midfielder Michel Platini

  • Dec 29 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage" premieres in NYC

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0

  • Dec 30 Carter holds 1st news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
  • Dec 31 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • Dec 31 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • Dec 31 Amir Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad al-Jabir Al Sabah becomes leader of Kuwait

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Vitas Gerulaitis wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2

  • Dec 31 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Dec 31 Donald Woods, a banned anti-Apartheid white editor flees South Africa
  • Dec 31 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government

Historic Event

Dec 31 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

  • Dec 31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM