Events in History in 1977

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  • 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

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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

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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.

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

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet

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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

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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
  • Apr 7 Consumer Product Safety Comn bans "TRIS" flame-retardant
  • Apr 7 Toronto Blues Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • Apr 7 German Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
  • Apr 8 Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns
  • Apr 9 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years
  • Apr 11 Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 mile
  • Apr 14 US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license

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Apr 16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
Writer
Alex Haley
  • Apr 17 Christian-democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
  • Apr 18 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize
  • 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

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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 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
  • May 12 Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation

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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 19 "Smokey & the Bandit," premieres
  • May 21 Albert Innaurato's "Gemini" premieres in NYC
  • May 21 Fire in hotel Duc de Brabant Brussels, kills 19
  • May 22 Final European scheduled run of Orient Express (after 94 years)
  • May 23 Benin adopts its constitution
  • May 23 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell
  • 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 NYC World Trade Center
  • May 27 New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories he climbed of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York
  • 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 5 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box & Annie win
  • Jun 5 Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

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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

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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
  • Jun 10 James Earl Ray (Martin Luther King's killer) escapes from prison
  • 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
  • Jun 11 ELO releases "Telephone Line"

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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

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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

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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
  • Jun 19 Indians fire manager Frank Robinson & replace him with Jeff Torborg
  • Jun 19 Pope Paul VI makes 19th-cen bishop John Neumann 1st US male saint
  • 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 B├╝lent 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 13th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 6-4
  • Jun 23 Violence erupts in Soweto, South Africa, again and the police make at least 146 arrests
  • Jun 24 IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
  • 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 27 5-4 Supreme Court decision allows lawyers to advertise
  • Jun 27 Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
  • Jun 27 Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)