On This Day

September 1977 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 5 Red Army Faction kidnaps and subsequently murders West German business executive Hanns Martin Schleyer
  • Sep 5 Voyager 1 (US) launched toward fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn
  • Sep 7 Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 US President Jimmy Carter and Panama's General Omar Torrijos sign the Panama Canal treaties, guaranteeing Panama control of the Panama Canal after 1999

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Sep 7 Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy is released from prison after serving 4 years and 4 1/2 months
  • Sep 8 Jimmy McCulloch quits Wings
  • Sep 9 Tiger rookies Lou Whitaker & Allan Trammell debut together & will play together for 19 years
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France

Historic InventionThe 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

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An Atari 2600 video game console
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  • Sep 12 Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies in police custody from his injuries after being beaten and tortured by police
  • Sep 13 1st TV viewer discretion warning-Soap
  • Sep 13 2nd Test flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • Sep 13 General Motors introduces 1st US diesel auto (Oldsmobile 88)
  • Sep 14 Christmas Tinto sentenced to 7 years in Robben Island, South Africa
  • Sep 15 US President Jimmy Carter meets with 15 record company executives
  • Sep 15 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 16 90 minute pilot of "Logan's Run" premieres on TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Ringo Starr releases "Drowning in Sea of Love"

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • Sep 16 Seattle beats Royals, 4-1, to end KC's winning streak at 16 games
  • Sep 17 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Sep 18 US Voyager I takes 1st space photograph of Earth & Moon together
  • Sep 18 2nd Toronto International Film Festival opens
  • Sep 20 Vietnam & Djibouti ask for membership in UN
  • Sep 20 Russell Means addresses the UNHCR in Geneva: criticizes the United States, describing Native Americans as "people who live in the belly of the monster"
  • Sep 21 US minister of Foreign affairs Cyrus Vance dismissed
  • Sep 22 Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 22 West German Red Army Faction terrorist kills policeman in Utrecht
  • Sep 23 3rd test of Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • Sep 26 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service, London to NY
  • Sep 29 Soviet space station Salyut 6 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 30 Dutch Antillean government-Evertsz resigns
  • Sep 30 Ringo Starr releases "Ringo the 4th" album
  • Sep 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 30 Due to US budget cuts, the Apollo program's ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.
  • Sep 30 Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmeña III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 5 Joseba Etxeberria, Spanish football winger, born in Elgoibar, Spain

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 (Member of the New York Senate 2011-14), born in Pawling, New York
  • Sep 17 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)
  • Sep 25 Mike Krahulik, American illustrator (Penny Arcade)

Weddings in History

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 24 Radio personality Rush Limbaugh (26) weds Roxy McNeely, a radio advertising salesperson, at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; divorced 1980

Radio Personality and Author Rush Limbaugh
Radio Personality and Author
Rush Limbaugh
  • Sep 30 "Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom" author John Updike (45) weds Martha Bernhard

Divorces in History

  • Sep 11 TV's Rhoda gets divorced

Deaths in History

  • Sep 4 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • Sep 4 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, dies at 82
  • 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, American poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • Sep 12 Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
  • Sep 18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)
  • Sep 25 Sidney James van den Bergh, Dutch businessman and politician, dies at 78