Events in Film & Television in 1977

  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC
  • Feb 5 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Film & TV History

Mar 2 Future The Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson

Film and TV Awards

Mar 5 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

  • Mar 10 CBS' premiere of "A Circle of Children", starring Jane Alexander and based on the life and book about this by Mary Mac Cracken
  • Mar 15 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 15 TV comedy "Three's Company" starring John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt premieres on ABC
  • Mar 19 Last episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premieres on CBS, with a group hug searching for a box tissues, then singing "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"

Tony Awards

Mar 24 Lily Tomlin is the first woman to appear solo in a Broadway show in "Appearing Nitely" (special Tony award 1977)

Film Release

Apr 20 "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1978)

Pro Wrestling

Apr 30 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion

Music Premiere

May 2 Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "The King & I"', with Yul Brynner reprising the role he created in 1951, opens at Uris Theater, NYC; runs for 695 performances

  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 12 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation: "Ryan's Hope" and "Family Feud" win

Film & TV History

May 13 Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor NY

  • May 16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown

Film Premiere

May 19 Film "Smokey & the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason premieres in NYC

Television Finale

May 25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV

Film Premiere

May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, premieres

  • May 27 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or

Music History

May 28 Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers perform together for the first time, backing Mike Howlett at a show in Paris, France; Summers is invited to join The Police

  • May 29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio
  • Jun 10 American golfer Al Geiberger becomes first player in history to post a sub-60 score, 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • Jun 11 Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
  • Jun 12 Stephen Schwartz's musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen; Irene Ryan, and Jill Clayburgh, and directed by Bob Fosse, closes at Imperial Theater, NYC, after 1944 performances, and 5 Tony Award wins
  • Jun 22 Walt Disney's "Rescuers" released, first Disney film to get a sequel
  • Jun 24 27th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Ascent" wins the Golden Bear

Film Premiere

Jul 7 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • Jul 16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • Jul 20 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Music History

Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Telethon

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 12th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 8 Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
  • Sep 10 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978
  • Sep 11 29th Emmy Awards: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Carroll O'Conner & Bea Arthur win; "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" accumulates a then record 29 awards over its 7 season run

Music History

Sep 11 American crooner Bing Crosby and British singer David Bowie record duet "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" at ATV Elstree Studios near London for television special "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas"

The Atari 2600

Sep 11 The Atari 2600, originally known as the Atari Video Computer System (Atari VCS) is released in North America, revolutionizing the video game industry

  • Sep 15 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US

Music Single

Sep 16 Ringo Starr releases single "Drowning in Sea of Love" in the UK

  • Sep 18 2nd Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • Sep 23 Cheryl Ladd replaces Farrah Fawcett on TV show "Charlie's Angels"
  • Sep 24 1st broadcast of "Love Boat" on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1
  • Sep 30 Ringo Starr releases album "Ringo the 4th"

Music History

Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 66 performances

Music History

Oct 7 Guitarist Steve Hackett quits progressive rock band Genesis

Sports History

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium; criticised for casual attire but ranked by Washington Examiner as second-best rendition ever at a sporting event

  • Oct 20 Revival of stage play "Dracula" premieres in NYC starring Frank Langella as Dracula

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

  • Nov 17 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
  • 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 27 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances

Film & TV History

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

TV Show Appearance

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