On This Day

Historical Events in 1977 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 689 of 689

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 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
  • 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 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • Nov 6 39 killed in an earthen dam burst at Toccoa Falls Bible College, Ga
  • Nov 8 Greek Archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Congressman and NYC Mayor
Ed Koch
  • Nov 9 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat repeats willingness to visit Israel to Walter Cronkite

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 15 US President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Rod Carew wins AL MVP award

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 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
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Nov 21 "All 'N All" 8th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1978)
  • Nov 22 Regular Concorde passenger service between NY and Europe begins
  • Nov 23 "Jesus Christ Superstar" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 96 performances
  • Nov 23 European weather satellite Meteosat 1 launched from Cape Canaveral
  • Nov 24 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll

  • Nov 24 NFL Miami Dolphins' 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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian and Pianist Victor Borge
Comedian and Pianist
Victor Borge
  • 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

KnighthoodDictator 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

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7

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

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 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 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
  • 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 organisation 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

#1 in the ChartsSaturday Night Fever Goes #1

Dec 12 "Saturday Night Fever", a film starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC

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The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
The Bee Gees collect a Billboard #1 Music Award for Saturday Night Fever
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  • Dec 13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • 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
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 War criminal Pieter Menten sentenced in Amsterdam to 15 years

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten
  • Dec 17 Bobby Simpson scores 176 Australia v India at the WACA, aged 41
  • Dec 17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)
  • 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 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 18 Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off
  • 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
  • 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)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

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

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • Dec 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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
  • Dec 30 Carter holds 1st news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw)
  • 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 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
  • Dec 31 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with Vietnam
  • Dec 31 Donald Woods, a banned anti-Apartheid white editor flees South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Ted Bundy escapes from jail in Colorado

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Dec 31 WFAT (Brooklyn New York pirate radio station) begins broadcasting on 1620 AM
  • 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 Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is imprisoned for co-writing a play critical of the Kenyan government