On This Day

1977 in History (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 384


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • Apr 18 Pulitzer prize awarded to Michael Cristofer for "Shadow Box"
  • Apr 20 Supreme Court rules "Live Free or Die" may be covered on NH licenses
  • Apr 21 Zia ur-Rahman appointed president of Bangladesh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Shimon Peres becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • Apr 23 Dr Allen Bussey completes 20,302 yo-yo loops
  • Apr 23 Milt workers kill 300-500 students in Addis Ababa
  • Apr 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Apr 26 Opening of Studio 54 in New York, N.Y.
  • Apr 27 Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa
  • Apr 27 HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands
  • Apr 27 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster.
  • Apr 28 Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets
  • Apr 28 Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apr 28 The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
  • Apr 29 British Aerospace forms

  • Apr 30 Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April
  • May 1 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
  • May 4 US Catholic bishops rescind automatic excommunications for divorced and remarried Catholics (receiving communion still outlawed if the previous marriages were not annulled by Church tribunals)
  • May 9 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • May 9 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • May 9 Patty Hearst let out of jail

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • May 14 English football international Bobby Moore retires
  • May 14 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • May 16 5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 17 Menachem Begin's Likoed party wins election in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • May 18 Menachem Begin becomes Prime Minister of Israel
  • May 18 US, USSR and other nations sign the Environmental Modification Convention which prohibits weather warfare having widespread, long-lasting or severe effects
  • May 21 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • May 21 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19

TrainThe Orient Express

May 22 Final European scheduled run of the Orient Express (after 94 years)

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Poster advertising the Orient Express schedule
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  • May 23 Benin adopts its constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell

Nixon's White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Nixon's White House Chief of Staff
H. R. Haldeman
  • May 23 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • May 24 USSR President Podgorny resigns

  • May 25 Dutch social democratic party wins parliamentary election
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 George Willig climbs the South Tower of NYC's World Trade Center, famously fined 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed
  • May 28 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky kills 168
  • May 29 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • May 31 Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani becomes heir apparent to throne of Qatar
  • May 31 Trans Alaska oil pipeline completed
  • Jun 1 British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
  • Jun 1 Russia charges Jewish rights activist Anatoly Shcharansky with treason
  • Jun 2 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
  • Jun 3 Belgium government of Tindemans forms
  • Jun 3 US & Cuba talk about diplomatic relations
  • Jun 4 Violence during Puerto Rican Day in Chicago kills 2
  • Jun 4 An estimated 20,000 Scottish football fans invade the Wembley Stadium pitch after Scotland beats England, 2-1; goalposts and advertising hoardings destroyed
  • Jun 5 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box & Annie win
  • Jun 5 Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 National Council of Women of Kenya led by Wangari Maathai march to Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, and plant seven trees - beginning of the Green Belt Movement

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • Jun 6 "Washington Post" reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • Jun 6 Joseph L Howze installed as bishop of Roman Catholic diocese (Miss)
  • Jun 6 Supreme Court tosses out automatic death penalty laws
  • Jun 7 Anita Bryant leads successful crusade against Miami gay rights law
  • Jun 9 50th National Spelling Bee: John Paola wins spelling cambist

FireworksNotable Fireworks

Jun 9 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jun 10 Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Jun 10 International Labour Organisation and United Nations meet to discuss apartheid in South Africa and potential actions to prevent further violence and state repression.
  • Jun 11 Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Groundbreaking ceremony for John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jun 13 Convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray recaptured
  • Jun 15 Spain's 1st free elections since 1936 (41 years)
  • Jun 15 Wim Polak becomes mayor of Amsterdam
  • Jun 16 Fianna Fail party wins Irish elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Leonid Brezhnev named Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates

Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle Larry Ellison
Entrepreneur and Founder of Oracle
Larry Ellison
  • Jun 18 Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carries a crew aloft for 1st time, it was fixed to a modified Boeing 747

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Pope Paul VI makes 19th-cen bishop John Neumann 1st US male saint

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • Jun 20 Menachem Begin forms Israeli government
  • Jun 20 Oil enters Trans-Alaska pipeline exits 38 days later at Valdez
  • Jun 21 Former White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman enters prison
  • Jun 21 Menachem Begin (Likud) becomes Israel's 6th Prime Minister
  • Jun 21 Bülent Ecevit forms a minority government in Turkey which lasts only 1 month
  • Jun 22 Former AG John Mitchell starts 19 months in Alabama prison
  • Jun 23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 24 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jun 24 Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira is the first African to be elected president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Jun 25 Roy C Sullivan of Virginia is struck by lightning for 7th time!
  • Jun 26 42 die in fire inmate causes at Maury County Jail in Columbia Tenn
  • Jun 26 The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute.
  • Jun 26 Tim Severin aboard the Brendan reaches Newfoundland in attempt to prove sixth-century Irish monks could have voyaged across the Atlantic
  • Jun 27 5-4 Supreme Court decision allows lawyers to advertise
  • Jun 27 Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
  • Jun 28 Billy Hunter becomes Rangers' 4th manager in 6 days
  • Jun 28 Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers
  • Jun 28 The United Party, main political opposition party in South Africa, is formally disbanded by the majority faction after members leave the party to join other new political parties
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules out death penalty for rapists of adults
  • Jun 29 South Africa opposition party, the New Republic Party (NRP), is formed after the integration of the United Party (UP) and Democratic Party (DP)
  • Jun 30 Jimmy Carter cans B-1A bomber later "B-1's the B-52"
  • Jun 30 US Railway Post Office final train run (NY to Washington, D.C.)
  • Jul 3 The Senegalese Republican Movement (MRS) is founded
  • Jul 3 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew's 9-race win streak ends in the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, finishes 4th
  • Jul 5 Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power
  • Jul 6 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 7 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City
  • Jul 8 Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)

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Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History

  • Oct 18 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 34
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist and founder of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 37
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • Oct 27 James M. Cain, American writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • Nov 2 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • Nov 3 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), dies of cancer at 50
  • Nov 8 Georg Wüst, German Oceanographer, dies at 87
  • Nov 11 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, dies at 27
  • Nov 13 Ingrid Schubert, German terrorist (b. 1944)
  • Nov 14 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian guru, founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dies at 81
  • Nov 18 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (Dictator of the Austrian Federal State), dies at 79
  • Nov 20 Maxie Wander, Austrian writer (Good Morning My Lovely), dies at 44
  • Nov 27 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), dies at 66
  • Nov 30 Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe), dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
  • Dec 1 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), dies at 70
  • Dec 5 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • Dec 7 Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (developed the 33-1/3 rpm LP record format), dies in a car accident at 77
  • Dec 9 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill (nee Hozier), widow of Sir Winston, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • Dec 18 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), dies at 101
  • Dec 24 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)
  • Dec 31 Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)