December 1977 calendar

December 1977

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1977.
The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was James Callaghan (Labour), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1977: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1977?


  • 04 Dec 1977 Hollis Stacy / Jerry Pate wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Championship
  • 05 Dec 1977 Egypt breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and South Yemen. The move is in retaliation for the Declaration of Tripoli against Egypt.
  • 06 Dec 1977 South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
  • 08 Dec 1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB).
  • 10 Dec 1977 Soyuz 26 carries two cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station.
  • 11 Dec 1977 Billboard Awards
  • 13 Dec 1977 Entire University of Evansville basketball team (14 players) die in plane crash.
  • 14 Dec 1977 Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, premieres in New York City
  • 16 Dec 1977 Mikhail Baryshnikov's 1976 production of Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet ''The Nutcracker'' comes to CBS a year after premiering onstage at the Kennedy Center. This adaptation will become the most popular television production of the work.
  • 17 Dec 1977 Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1st US TV appearance
  • 18 Dec 1977 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey number 42 (Nate Thumond).
  • 19 Dec 1977 Dutch government of Van Agt / Wiegel forms
  • 20 Dec 1977 Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations.
  • 22 Dec 1977 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes.
  • 25 Dec 1977 Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.
  • 30 Dec 1977 US President Jimmy Carter holds first news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw, Poland).
  • 31 Dec 1977 Bubbling Brown Sugar closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • 02 Dec 1977 A Tupolev Tu-154 crashes near Benghazi, Libya, killing 59.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1977?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - You Light Up My Life
  2. - How Deep Is Your Love
  3. - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
  4. - Blue Bayou
  5. - Baby, What A Big Surprise

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mull Of Kintyre / Girl's School
  2. - Don't Give Up On Us
  3. - Floral Dance
  4. - Uptown Top Ranking
  5. - When A Child Is Born


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1977?

Beggarman, Thief by Irwin Shaw

Beggarman, Thief


Wesley is haunted by the murder of his father and begins a strange, deeply personal quest. He falls in love with Gretchen, who finds new challenges and opportunities.

Dreams Die First by Harold Robbins

Dreams Die First


"Robbins eroticized commerce and, at the time, commercialized erotica. He dashing into an rich new market for dirty novels." --The New Yorker. "Robbins' dialog is moving... His people have the warmth

Origins by Richard E. Leakey and Roger Lewin



Richard Leakey's personal account includes his fossil hunting expeditions and landmark discoveries at Lake Turkana. His reassessment and revision of human prehistory using new evidence, as well as his deep pondering.

Kg 200 by J.D. Gilman and John Clive

Kg 200


KG 200: A Luftwaffe squadron who spoke perfect English. We would all speak perfect German if they had succeeded. Inspiration from actual historical events

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Amityville Horror


The Lutz family moved into their new Long Island home in suburban Long Island in December 1975. George and Kathleen Lutz were aware that Ronald DeFeo had murdered his brothers and parents one year prior.