1977 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 410

  • 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 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 6 Charter 77, a document criticising the Czech government's human rights abuses, is published in Prague
  • Jan 10 20th hat trick in Islander history - Bobby Nystrom
  • Jan 11 Bollingen Prize awarded to David Ignatow
  • Jan 12 Anti-French demonstrations takes place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud, responsible 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes
  • Jan 15 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, begins in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 24 Massacre of Atocha in Madrid: Five labor lawyers murdered by fascists in Madrid during the Spanish transition to democracy
  • Jan 30 8th (final) part of "Roots" is most-watched US entertainment show ever (100 million)
  • 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
  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • Feb 2 Radio Shack officially begins creating the TRS-80 computer
  • Feb 3 Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago st (11 die, 200 hurt)
  • Feb 5 Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight
  • Feb 5 US female Figure Skating championship won by Linda Fratianne
  • Feb 5 US male Figure Skating championship won by Charles Tickner
  • Feb 6 Alain Prieur jumps his motorcycle 65 m over 16 buses, near Paris
  • Feb 6 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • Feb 7 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
  • Feb 8 Earthquake in San Francisco, at 5.0, strongest since 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

Magazine Publisher Larry Flynt
Magazine Publisher
Larry Flynt

  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx NY named in honor of Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid (1976)
  • Feb 11 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
  • Feb 12 Festac '77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, finishes in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Feb 15 Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election
  • Feb 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan
  • Feb 18 Space Shuttle above a Boeing 747 goes on its maiden flight
  • Feb 18 Kiss play their first concert in Madison Square Garden (NYC)
  • Feb 19 Doug Walters scores 250 v NZ, 217 stand for 7th wicket with Gilmour
  • Feb 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Feb 19 Space shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • Feb 21 74 Unification Church couples wed in NYC
  • Feb 24 US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights
  • Feb 25 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • Feb 25 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
  • Feb 26 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • Feb 28 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28 Dock strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends
  • Mar 1 Bank of America adopts the name VISA for its credit cards
  • Mar 1 US extends territorial waters to 200 miles
  • Mar 2 Libya amends constitution
  • Mar 3 Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina/Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • Mar 3 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • Mar 3 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Tokyo won by Vladimir Kovalev (USSR)
  • Mar 4 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, NM
  • Mar 4 Colin Croft takes 8-29 against Pakistan at Port-of-Spain
  • Mar 4 Earthquake in Romania kills 1,541
  • Mar 7 Ali Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party wins elections

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Mar 7 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Mar 8 Henry L Marsh III elected mayor of Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 8 Princess Anne announces she's expecting her 1st child (Peter)
  • Mar 9 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • Mar 9 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • Mar 10 Rings of Uranus discovered during occulation of SAO
  • Mar 11 Hanafi Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet bans the Christian-Democratic Party

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat pledges to regain Arab territory from Israel

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Mar 13 Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test
  • Mar 15 US House of Representatives begins 90 day test of televising its sessions
  • Mar 16 US President Jimmy Carter pleads for a Palestinian homeland
  • Mar 18 US restricts citizens from visiting Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea & Cambodia
  • Mar 18 Vietnam hands over MIA to US
  • Mar 19 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Mar 19 Jevgeni Kulikov skates world record 1000m (1:15.33)
  • Mar 20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections
  • Mar 20 Parisians elect former PM Jacques Chirac as 1st mayor in a century

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 20 Premier Indira Gandhi loses election in India

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Mar 22 Indira Gandhi resigns as PM of India
  • Mar 22 Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) government under Joop den Uyl falls
  • Mar 26 Elvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
  • Mar 26 Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson
  • Mar 26 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis

Historic CommunicationTenerife Airport Disaster

Mar 27 583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain
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  • Mar 28 Morarji Desai forms a government in India
  • Mar 31 Michael Cristofer's "Shadow Box" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 1 Attempt for Muslim state in Chad fails
  • Apr 3 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's 1st meeting with US President Jimmy Carter
  • Apr 3 Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • Apr 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler
  • Jan 9 Beth Troutman, American production assistant
  • Jan 31 Jim Kleinsasser, National Football League tight end
  • Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • Feb 7 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • Feb 8 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • Feb 8 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 14 Darren Bennett, a Professional Latin Ballroom Dancer
  • Feb 16 Ian Clarke, Irish computer programmer
  • Feb 23 Kristina Šmigun, Estonian cross-country skier, born in Tartu, Estonia
  • Feb 24 Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 25 Josh Wolff, American footballer
  • Mar 4 Juha Helppi, Finnish professional poker player
  • Mar 10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • Mar 12 Ramiro Corrales, American footballer
  • Mar 16 Donal Óg Cusack, Irish hurler
  • Mar 23 Jean Carlos Gamarra, Peruvian taekwondo practitioner
  • Mar 28 Lauren Weisberger, American novelist
  • Apr 8 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
  • Apr 8 Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
  • Apr 17 Sizzla, Jamaican dancehall artist
  • Apr 24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer, born in Gomel Region, Belarus
  • Apr 28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 30 Jeannie Haddaway, American politician
  • May 2 Fredrik Malm, Swedish politician, Member of Parliament for the Liberal People's Party, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 3 Mashima Hiro, Japanese Mangaka of Rave Master and Fairy Tail, born in Nagano, Japan
  • May 3 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian Mathematician, born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2017)
  • May 22 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • May 25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • May 26 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • May 28 Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
  • May 31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey
  • Jun 6 Bryn Williams, Welsh chef
  • Jun 9 Roopa Mishra, Indian civil servant
  • Jun 17 Bernardo Federico Tomas, Prince of Netherlands
  • Jun 26 Kubo Tite, Japanese manga artist (Bleach), born in Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Jun 28 Mark Stoermer, American bass player (The Killers)
  • Jun 29 Oleg Korenfeld, Russian-born American poet
  • Jul 7 Felix Vasquez, New York City Housing Authority employee
  • Jul 10 Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • Jul 10 Vivek Murthy, Vice-Admiral and 19th US Surgeon General (2014-17), born in Hudderfield, UK
  • Jul 14 Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden
  • Jul 16 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2006)
  • Jul 18 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • Jul 27 Foo Swee Chin, Singaporean comic book artist (A Lost Stock of Children), born in Singapore
  • Aug 7 Samantha Ronson, British DJ, born in Camden, London
  • Aug 23 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 24 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • Aug 29 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer
  • Sep 4 Mark Ronson, English DJ/Producer and co-founder of Allido Records
  • Sep 5 Joseba Etxeberria, Spanish football winger, born in Elgoibar, Spain
  • Sep 15 Leander Jordan, National Football League offensive lineman

Person of interestChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Sep 15 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer (Half of a Yellow Sun), born in Enugu, Enugu State

  • Sep 16 Greg Ball, American politician
  • Sep 17 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)
  • Sep 18 Kieran West, British oarsman
  • Sep 25 Mike Krahulik, Illustrator
  • Oct 8 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider, born in Dijon, France
  • Oct 11 Claudia Palacios, Colombian television journalist, born in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  • Oct 19 Louis-José Houde, Canadian stand-up comic
  • Oct 30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim
  • Nov 8 Bucky Covington, American entertainer
  • Nov 10 Josh Barnett, American Mixed Martial Artist
  • Nov 15 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, son of Princess Anne, 9th in succession to British throne
  • Nov 19 Lady Davina EAB Windsor, daughter of English prince Richard
  • Nov 21 Yolande James, Quebec politician
  • Nov 26 Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter

Person of interestEmmanuel Macron

Dec 21 Emmanuel Macron, French politician, President of France (2017-), born in Amiens, France

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron
  • Dec 30 Scott Lucas, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 31 Donald Trump Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump, born in NYC, New York

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 Senator Joe Biden of Delaware (34) weds Jill Jacobs (26) at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden
  • Sep 30 "Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom" author John Updike (45) weds Martha Bernhard

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 26 Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (53) weds businessman Arthur Hardwick Jr at the Sheraton Inn in Cheektowaga, New York

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Future President of Chile Michelle Bachelet (26) weds architect Jorge Dávalos

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet

Divorces in History

  • Jun 9 George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • Sep 11 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

Deaths in History

Deaths 1 - 100 of 123

  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 6 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69

Person of interestAnthony Eden

Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
  • Feb 11 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • Mar 2 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison

Person of interestFannie Lou Hamer

Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), dies of breast cancer at 59

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 7 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
  • Apr 21 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 9 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 12 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, dies at 67
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 3 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • Jun 9 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • Jun 13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77

Person of interestWerner von Braun

Jun 16 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • Jun 19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • Jun 24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician, dies in car crash at 33
  • Jun 25 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • Jun 26 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • Jul 2 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • Jul 4 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 8 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Person of interestAlice Paul

Jul 9 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jul 9 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), dies at 69
  • Jul 15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies

Person of interestNoel Wien

Jul 19 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jul 21 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), dies at 70
  • Jul 27 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), dies at 79
  • Jul 30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • Jul 31 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 11 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), dies at 82
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
  • Aug 14 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Sep 4 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • Sep 4 Jean Rostand, French biologist (b. 1894)
  • Sep 5 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant, dies at 80
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28
  • Sep 12 Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • Sep 12 Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
  • Sep 16 Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53
  • Sep 18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)
  • Sep 25 Sidney James van den Bergh, Dutch businessman and politician, dies at 78
  • Oct 10 Jean Duvieusart, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium, dies at 77
  • Oct 11 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • Oct 11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Oct 16 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • Oct 18 Andreas Baader (b. 1943)
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), dies at 37
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)