On This Day

February 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 Blizzard in upstate New York and Southern Ontario claims 23 lives
  • Feb 2 Burn up of Salyut 4 Space Station (USSR)
  • 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 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

Historic Event

Feb 8 Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced on obscenity charges

  • Feb 10 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • Feb 10 Jonathan Netanyahu Lane in the Bronx, New York, named in honor of the Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid in Uganda in 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 Enterprise takes its maiden flight affixed atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier
  • 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

Historic Event

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 27 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking "ABBA-mania"
  • Feb 28 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • Feb 28 Dock strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 1 Phil Ivey, American poker player (10 World Series of Poker bracelets, 1 World Poker Tour title, 9 World Poker Tour final tables), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 5 Ben Ainslie, British sailor, born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • Feb 7 Mariusz Pudzianowski, Polish strongman competitor
  • Feb 8 Yucef Merhi, Venezuelan artist
  • Feb 8 Barry Hall, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 14 Darren Bennett, English professional dancer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Feb 16 Ian Clarke, Irish computer programmer
  • Feb 24 Jason Akermanis, Australian rules footballer
  • Feb 25 Josh Wolff, American footballer
  • Feb 28 Kehinde Wiley, American painter (portrait of Barack Obama), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in History

  • Feb 1 Edmond 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 [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American mystery writer, dies of lung cancer at 70