January 1977 in History

Events in History

  • 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 "The Police Tapes" premiere on New York City TV station WNET, based somewhat on 1960s NYPD officers who worked in its South Bronx
  • Jan 3 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • 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 10 Steve Allen's "Meeting Of The Minds", a round table talk-show in which he interviews figures from history debuts on PBS
  • Jan 11 Poetry's 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 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder
  • Jan 17 KC releases Tommy Davis, ends an 18-year career with 10 teams
  • Jan 17 Zaire president Mobutu visits Belgium
  • Jan 18 Australia's worst rail disaster occurs in Sydney, killing 83 people
  • Jan 18 Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease.
  • 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 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 20 George H. W. Bush ends his term as 11th director of CIA replaced by E. Henry Knoche as acting director

Vietnam War

Jan 21 US President Jimmy Carter pardons almost all Vietnam War draft evaders

  • 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
  • Jan 31 The Pompidou Centre, designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, housing the greatest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, is inaugurated in Paris [1]

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Dan Shanahan, Irish hurler, born in Lismore, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 9 Beth Troutman, American production assistant, born in Concord, North Carolina
  • Jan 15 Giorgia Meloni, Italian journalist and right-wing politician (Prime Minister, 2022- present; leader of the Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia - FdI), 2014-present), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 31 Jim Kleinsasser, American football tight end, born in Carrington, North Dakota

Deaths in History

  • 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, French director (Les Diaboliques, Truth), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Ana├»s Nin, French author (Henry and June), dies of cervical cancer at 73

Anthony EdenAnthony Eden (1897-1977)

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

  • Jan 16 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), dies at 53
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, American murderer executed in Utah at 36, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German-Swiss-American playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toot's Shor's Restaurant), dies at 73