With a major decade for tech development just ahead, 1977 was a significant year for technology. Laying the foundation for major tech advancements for the everyday person, there were two big events worth noting for this year.


The first event took place in Chicago, Illinois, with the demonstration of the world’s first, all-in-one, home computer – the Commodore PET. Along with this was the second event, the incorporation of Apple Computer. The combination of tech development for the everyday consumer and the incorporation of Apple would eventually lead to major tech breakthroughs in the coming decades.

In music, there were several notable developments. Fleetwood Mac, for instance, released their highly acclaimed album, Rumours. In another notable album release, The Clash released their debut, self-titled album, The Clash. In yet another album release this year, the Sex Pistols released their famous, or what some would call infamous, album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Queen also released their News of the World album, which included some of their most famous songs, including “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”

In another major music development, Elvis Presley gave his last concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana in June of 1977. He would pass away soon after this concert on August 16 at his home in Graceland.

There were some major developments in literature and film as well. In literature, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion was published. This final collection of legends from Middle-earth was published posthumously, with Tolkien’s son, Christopher, playing a big part in having these works published.

In film, Star Wars opened in movie theatres, launching an iconic franchise that has captured the collective imagination of our culture for generations. In other film developments, Saturday Night Fever was released this year, helping launch the acting career of John Travolta and Disney released the animated classic, The Rescuers. The 49th Academy Awards were held this year, with Best Picture going to Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone.

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Office Romance

Office Romance

Directed by: Eldar Ryazanov

Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Andrey Myagkov, Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Oleg Basilashvili



Directed by: Georgiy Daneliya

Starring: Vakhtang Kikabidze, Mher Mkrtchyan, Elena Proklova, Evgeniy Leonov

A Special Day

A Special Day

Directed by: Ettore Scola

Starring: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Françoise Berd

Opening Night

Opening Night

Directed by: John Cassavetes

Starring: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell

Annie Hall

Annie Hall

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

Country: United States of America


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Oliver'S Story by Erich Segal

Oliver'S Story


Oliver loved Jenny. Now, two lonely years later, Jenny is gone and Oliver Barrett IV feels he will never love again--should never love again.

Trinity by Leon Uris



Leon Uris’s beloved Irish classic, available in Avon mass market. From the acclaimed author who enthralled the world with Exodus, Battle Cry, QB VII, Topaz, and other beloved classics of twentieth-century fiction comes a sweeping and powerful epic adventure that …

The Dragons Of Eden by Carl Sagan

The Dragons Of Eden


Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of

Roots by Alex Haley



One of the most important books and television series ever to appear, Roots, galvanized the nation, and created an extraordinary political, racial, social and cultural dialogue that hadn’t been seen since the

The Crash Of '79 by Paul E. Erdman

The Crash Of '79



Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1977 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Jason
  3. Christopher
  4. David
  5. James
  6. John
  7. Robert
  8. Brian
  9. Matthew
  10. Joseph
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Melissa
  3. Amy
  4. Jessica
  5. Heather
  6. Angela
  7. Michelle
  8. Kimberly
  9. Amanda
  10. Kelly

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1977?


  • 01 Jan 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest (Jacqueline Means)
  • 02 Jan Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves' owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing.
  • 03 Jan Lindy McDaniel retires with second most pitching appearances (987 games).
  • 04 Jan Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • 05 Jan Kenya President Jomo Kenyatta disbands parliament.
  • 06 Jan EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
  • 08 Jan Three bombs went off in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group.
  • 09 Jan Porgy & Bess closes at Uris Theater NYC after 122 performances
  • 10 Jan 20th hat trick in New York Islanders' history - Bobby Nystrom.
  • 11 Jan France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
  • 12 Jan Ipi Tombi opens at Harkness Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • 14 Jan Ana?s Nin, Cuban/American writer (Delta of Venus), dies at age 73.
  • 15 Jan Coneheads debut on Saturday Night Live
  • 17 Jan NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14
  • 18 Jan Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • 19 Jan US President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri (Tokyo Rose), convicted in 1949 of treason, as witness testimony included lies under threat by the FBI and occupation police.
  • 20 Jan George Bush, ends term as 11th Director of CIA
  • 21 Jan U.S. President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War.
  • 23 Jan Miniseries Roots premieres on ABC
  • 24 Jan Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy.
  • 26 Jan Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai and Marine Tcherkasova are first to perform a quadruple twist lift, in Helsinki, Finland.
  • 27 Jan 1st broadcast of Roots mini-series on ABC TV
  • 28 Jan The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977, which severely affects and cripples much of Upstate New York, but Buffalo, NY, Syracuse, NY, Watertown, NY, and surrounding areas are most affected, each area accumulating close to 10 feet (3.0 m) of snow on this one day.\ \ \ \ \ Disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • 30 Jan 8th (final) part of Roots is most-watched TV entertainment show to date.
  • 31 Jan Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 01 Feb Heavy blizzard in New England claims 100 lives.
  • 02 Feb Radio Shack officially begins creating TRS-80 computer
  • 03 Feb Martin Dihigo John Lloyd elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 04 Feb Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto Chicago street (11 die, 200 hurt).
  • 05 Feb CB Savage by Rod Hart peaks at #67
  • 06 Feb Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to become NWA wrestling champion.
  • 07 Feb Soyuz 24 launches with two cosmonauts.
  • 08 Feb Hustler publisher Larry Flynt sentenced due to
  • 10 Feb Party with Comden & Green opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 92 performances
  • 11 Feb 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia, Canada (heaviest known crustacean).
  • 12 Feb Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0.
  • 13 Feb Guys & Dolls closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 239 performances
  • 15 Feb Social-democrats win Danish parliamentary election.
  • 18 Feb George Harrison releases True Love
  • 19 Feb Shuttle Enterprise makes 1st Test flight atop a 747 jetliner
  • 20 Feb My Fair Lady closes at St. James Theater NYC after 384 performances
  • 21 Feb 74 Unification Church couples wed in New York City, New York.
  • 23 Feb Oscar Romero becomes Archbishop of San Salvador.
  • 24 Feb US President Jimmy Carter announces US foreign aid will consider human rights.
  • 25 Feb Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
  • 26 Feb 1st flight of Space Shuttle (atop a Boeing 747)
  • 27 Feb Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
  • 28 Feb Harbor strike in Rotterdam / Amsterdam ends
  • 01 Mar Bank of America adopts the name VISA for their credit cards.
  • 02 Mar 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show
  • 03 Mar Ice Pairs Champs at Tokyo won by Irina Rodnina / Alexandr Zaitsev (URS)
  • 04 Mar Earthquake in Romania, kills 1,541
  • 05 Mar Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami.
  • 07 Mar Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter.
  • 08 Mar Henry L Marsh III elected Mayor of Richmond
  • 09 Mar Hanafi Moslems invade 3 buildings in Washington DC, siege ended March 11th
  • 10 Mar Rings of Uranus: Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.
  • 11 Mar Muslims hold 130 hostages in Washington DC.
  • 12 Mar The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • 13 Mar Dennis Lillee takes 6-26, England all out 95 in Centenary Test.
  • 15 Mar Eight is Enough premiers on ABC-TV
  • 16 Mar US President Jimmy Carter pleads for Palestinian homeland.
  • 18 Mar Clash releases their 1st recording White Riot
  • 19 Mar Side by Side by Sondheim closes at Music Box NYC after 390 performances
  • 20 Mar Communists / socialists win French municipal elections
  • 22 Mar Uyl government falls
  • 26 Mar Elvis Costello releases his first record "Less Than Zero".
  • 27 Mar Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby / Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • 28 Mar 49th Academy Awards - Rocky, Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway win
  • 01 Apr NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games.
  • 02 Apr Montreal Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a loss.
  • 03 Apr Netherlands / Belgium / Luxembourg adopt summer time
  • 04 Apr Grundy, Virginia experienced a major flood that made around $15 million in damages to 228 residential and commercial structures. To date the town is still recovering.
  • 05 Apr US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 06 Apr Judge rules Beatles 1962 Hamburg album can be released
  • 07 Apr Toronto Blue Jays' first game, they beat Chicago Cubs 9-5.
  • 08 Apr Israel premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns.
  • 09 Apr Communist party legally allowed in Spain after 40 years.
  • 10 Apr Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inning game (3:17).
  • 11 Apr Ireland sets fishing zone at 50 miles.
  • 14 Apr US Supreme Court rules people may refuse to display state motto on car license.
  • 16 Apr Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
  • 17 Apr I Love My Wife opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 864 performances
  • 18 Apr Side by Side by Sondheim opens at Music Box NYC for 390 performances
  • 20 Apr Supreme Court rules Live Free or Die may be covered on NH licenses
  • 21 Apr Annie opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 2377 performances
  • 22 Apr Simon Peres becomes premier of Israel.
  • 23 Apr ADO The Hague soccer team forms.
  • 24 Apr Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA American Defender Golf Tournament.
  • 26 Apr New York's famed disco Studio 54 opens.
  • 27 Apr HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in the Netherlands
  • 28 Apr Andreas Baader and members of Baader-Meinhoff jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly two years in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 29 Apr British Aerospace forms.
  • 30 Apr Party with Comden & Green closes at Morosco NYC after 92 performances
  • 01 May Empress Lilly dedicated
  • 02 May King & I opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • 03 May The light aircraft carrier ''HMS Invincible'' is launched at Barrow-in-Furness by Elizabeth II.
  • 04 May The Space Mountain attraction opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in California.
  • 06 May Beatles at Hollywood Bowl, released in the UK
  • 07 May Happy End opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 75 performances
  • 08 May Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic.
  • 09 May Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon
  • 11 May Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
  • 12 May Emmy 4th Daytime Award presentation
  • 13 May Howard Stern begins broadcasting at WRNW, Briarcliff Manor, New York
  • 14 May Kansas City Royals' Jim Colborn no-hits the Texas Rangers, 6-0.
  • 15 May Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic.
  • 16 May Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 round for heavyweight boxing title.
  • 17 May Menahem Begin's Likoed-party wins election in Israel.
  • 18 May Nightclub in Cincinnati fire kills 164
  • 19 May Smokey & the Bandit, premieres
  • 21 May Fiddler on the Roof closes at Winter Garden NYC after 167 performances
  • 22 May Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic.
  • 23 May US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong-doers H R Halderman, John Ehrlichman, and John Mitchell.
  • 24 May USSR President Podgorny resigns.
  • 25 May Beatles Live! At Star-Club in Hamburg Germany released
  • 26 May Movie Star Wars debuts
  • 27 May New York City fines George Willig 1 cent for each of 110 stories of the World Trade Center he climbed.
  • 28 May In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club is engulfed in fire, killing 165 people inside.
  • 29 May Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indy 500
  • 30 May Cleveland Indians' Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0.
  • 31 May Beatlemania opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • 01 Jun British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
  • 02 Jun New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.
  • 03 Jun Belgium government of Tindemans forms
  • 04 Jun Apple II, the 1st personal computer, goes on sale
  • 05 Jun 1st personal computer, Apple II, goes on sale
  • 06 Jun Washington Post reports US has developed neutron bomb
  • 07 Jun White Sox draft Harold Baines #1
  • 08 Jun Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game
  • 09 Jun 50th National Spelling Bee: John Paola wins spelling cambist
  • 10 Jun Apple Computer ships its first Apple II personal computer.
  • 11 Jun Dance & Shake Your Tambourine by Universal Robot Band peaks at #93
  • 12 Jun Pippin closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1944 performances
  • 13 Jun Convicted Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.
  • 15 Jun New York Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
  • 16 Jun Beatlemania opens on Broadway
  • 18 Jun Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub
  • 19 Jun 77th US Golf Open: Hubert Green shoots a 278 at Southern Hills Tulsa
  • 20 Jun Menahem Begin forms Israeli government
  • 21 Jun Former White House chief of staff Harry R Haldeman enters prison.
  • 22 Jun Former Attorney General John Mitchell starts 19 months in Alabama prison.
  • 24 Jun IRS reveals Jimmy Carter paid no taxes in 1976
  • 25 Jun LBJ denies report he had a cancer during his presidency
  • 26 Jun Debbie Austin wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • 27 Jun Djibouti (Afars & Issas) claims Independence from France
  • 28 Jun US Supreme Court allows Federal control of Nixon tapes papers.
  • 29 Jun Supreme Court rules out death penalty for rapists of adults
  • 30 Jun Marvel Comics publish Kiss book tributing rock group Kiss
  • 01 Jul 84th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Virginia Wade beats B Stove (46 63 61)
  • 03 Jul 5th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Judy Rankin
  • 04 Jul Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
  • 05 Jul Military coup in Pakistan: Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, is overthrown.
  • 07 Jul 12,000 police occupy university in Mexico City
  • 08 Jul Sabra Starr finishes longest recorded belly dance (100 hrs)
  • 09 Jul 106th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland
  • 10 Jul Happy End closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 75 performances
  • 11 Jul US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 12 Jul 1st free flight test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 13 Jul New York City, amidst a period of financial and social turmoil experiences a blackout lasting nearly 24 hours that leads to widespread fires and looting.
  • 14 Jul North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3
  • 15 Jul Anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay disappears near Griffith, New South Wales (presumed murdered).
  • 16 Jul Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad and Tobago, crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • 17 Jul Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • 18 Jul Vietnam becomes member of UN
  • 19 Jul 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, New York
  • 20 Jul Flash flood hits Johnstown, Pennsylvania, kills 80 and causing US$350 million damage.
  • 21 Jul Libyan-Egyptian border fights
  • 22 Jul Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power.
  • 23 Jul Washington jury convicts 12 Hanafi Muslims on hostage charges.
  • 24 Jul Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881
  • 26 Jul The National Assembly of Quebec imposes the use of French as the official language of the provincial government.
  • 27 Jul John Lennon is granted a green card for permanent residence in US.
  • 28 Jul 1st oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reach Valdez, Alaska
  • 30 Jul Left-wing German terrorists Susanne Albrecht, Dresdner-Bank.com chairman of the Dresdner Bank in Oberursel, West Germany.
  • 31 Jul Debbie Austin wins LPGA Pocono Northeast Golf Classic
  • 01 Aug Former Lockheed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashes the news helicopter he is flying in Los Angeles
  • 03 Aug Radio Shack issues a press release introducing TRS-80 computer 25 existed, within weeks thousands were ordered
  • 04 Aug President Carter establishes Department of Energy
  • 07 Aug Shenandoah closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances
  • 08 Aug Maurine Stuart, ordained as Zen priest by Eido Tai Shimano Roshi
  • 09 Aug Chris Old completes a century in 37 mins, Yorks vs. Warwicks
  • 10 Aug US and Panamana sign Panama Canal Zone accord
  • 11 Aug Geoff Boycott scores his 100th FC hundred, vs. Aust at Headingley
  • 12 Aug Space shuttle Enterprise makes first atmospheric flight.
  • 13 Aug 1st test glide of shuttle
  • 14 Aug 59th PGA Championship: Lanny Wadkins shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach, California
  • 15 Aug SS chief Kappler escapes from prison hospital in Rome
  • 17 Aug Russian nuclear sub Artika is 1st to North Pole
  • 18 Aug 2 girls are killed by a runaway car outside of Graceland
  • 19 Aug Julius (Groucho) Marx, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in Los Angeles at age 86.
  • 20 Aug NASA launches Voyager 2 towards Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
  • 21 Aug Debbie Austin wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • 23 Aug Marxist philosopher Rudolf Bahro imprisoned in German DR
  • 26 Aug Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • 27 Aug Chicago closes at 46th St. Theater NYC after 947 performances
  • 28 Aug Bonnie Lauer wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 31 Aug Spyros Kyprianou appointed President of Cyprus
  • 01 Sep 1st TRS-80 Model I computer sold
  • 03 Sep Last broadcast of Mary Tyler Moore Show on NBC-TV
  • 04 Sep Godspell closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • 05 Sep RAF kidnap West German work Chairman Schleyer
  • 06 Sep Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
  • 07 Sep Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia
  • 08 Sep Jimmy McCullough quits Wings
  • 09 Sep 1st TRS-80 computer sold
  • 10 Sep 91st US Womens Tennis: Chris Evert L Mills beats W Turnbull (76 62)
  • 11 Sep 97th US Mens Tennis: Guillermo Vilas beats Jimmy Connors (26 63 75 60)
  • 12 Sep South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody.
  • 13 Sep 1st TV viewer discretion warning-Soap
  • 14 Sep Christmas Tinto sentenced to 7 years in Robbeneiland South Africa
  • 15 Sep Man of La Mancha opens at Palace Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • 16 Sep Ringo releases Drowning in Sea of Love
  • 17 Sep Dave Kingman hits his first New York Yankees' homer, Reggie Jackson hits two more.
  • 18 Sep All 4 Kiss members release solo albums
  • 19 Sep Under pressure from the Carter Administration, President Anastasio Somoza Debayle lifts the state of siege in Nicaragua.
  • 20 Sep Estrada opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 21 Sep US Minister of Foreign Affairs Cyrus Vance dismissed
  • 22 Sep West German RAF terrorist kills policeman in Utrecht
  • 23 Sep 3rd test of Space Shuttle Enterprise
  • 24 Sep Estrada closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 25 Sep Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • 26 Sep Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • 27 Sep Phillies clinch 2nd straight NL East Division title
  • 28 Sep The Porsche 928 debuts at the Geneva Auto Convention.
  • 29 Sep Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band, by Meco hits #1
  • 30 Sep Dutch Antillean government-Evertsz resigns
  • 01 Oct Department Of Energy established
  • 02 Oct Dusty Baker 30th HR joins teammates Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), and Ron Cey (30) in make Dodgers 1st team to boast 4 30-HR hitters
  • 03 Oct Comedy with Music (Victor Borge) opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances
  • 04 Oct Pier 39 opens in San Francisco, California.
  • 05 Oct Hair opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 43 performances
  • 06 Oct DL Coburns Gin Game, premieres in New York City
  • 07 Oct Guitarist Steve Hackett quits Genesis
  • 08 Oct Largest baseball crowd in Pennsylvania, 64,924 see Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 in fourth National League championship game (Dodgers win pennant).
  • 09 Oct Amy Alcott wins LPGA Houston Exchange Clubs Golf Classic
  • 10 Oct 11th Country Music Association Award: Ronnie Milsap wins
  • 11 Oct Soyuz 25 returns to Earth.
  • 12 Oct 4th test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 13 Oct The Atari 2600 game system is released.
  • 14 Oct Princess Beatrice opens Amsterdam metro
  • 15 Oct Don Ritchie runs world record 100 mile (11:30:51)
  • 17 Oct Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament.
  • 18 Oct W German commandos liberate Boeing 737, 86 hostages at Mogadishu
  • 19 Oct Corpse of kidnapped West German, H M Schleyer, found
  • 20 Oct Hamilton Deane and John Balderstons Dracula, premieres in New York City
  • 21 Oct US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa.
  • 22 Oct International Sun-Earth Explorers 1 and 2 launched into Earth orbit.
  • 23 Oct 8th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:38
  • 24 Oct Veterans Day is observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. (The holiday is once again observed on November 11 beginning the following year.)
  • 25 Oct Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
  • 26 Oct 5th and final test of space shuttle Enterprise
  • 27 Oct Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • 29 Oct Act opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 233 performances
  • 30 Oct Panama 747SP lands after polar flight around Earth in record 54:07
  • 01 Nov President Carter raises minimum wages of $2.30 to $3.35 for Jan 1 1981
  • 02 Nov The worst storm in Athens' modern history causes havoc across the Greek capital and kills 38 people.
  • 03 Nov Debbie Massey wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
  • 04 Nov UN Security council proclaims weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 05 Nov NCAA passing record set at 571 yards (Marc Wilson, Brigham Young).
  • 06 Nov Hair closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 43 performances
  • 08 Nov Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday in Bethesda, Maryland, USA; Major League Baseball player-manager for the Washington Senators in the 1920s.
  • 09 Nov Gen. Hugo Banzer, president of the military government of Bolivia, announces that the constitutional democracy will be restored in 1978 instead of 1980 as previously provided.
  • 10 Nov Amsterdam: RAF-terrorists Gert Schneider / Christof Wackernagel arrested
  • 12 Nov Ernest N Morial elected Mayor of New Orleans
  • 13 Nov Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • 14 Nov Egypt President Sadat repeats willingness to visit Israel to Cronkite
  • 15 Nov US President Jimmy Carter welcomes Shah of Iran.
  • 16 Nov Rod Carew wins AL MVP award
  • 17 Nov Egyptian President Anwar Sadat formally accepts invitation to visit Israel.
  • 19 Nov Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.
  • 20 Nov Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions
  • 21 Nov Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year
  • 22 Nov Regular Concorde passenger service between New York and Europe begins.
  • 23 Nov Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 96 performances
  • 24 Nov Miami Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns vs. St. Louis (55-14)
  • 25 Nov Miss Teenage America Pageant
  • 26 Nov 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.
  • 27 Nov Comedy with Music (Victor Borge) closes at Imperial New York after 66 performances
  • 30 Nov International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) founded as specialized agency of the United Nations.
  • 04 Dec Hollis Stacy / Jerry Pate wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Championship
  • 05 Dec 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 South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
  • 08 Dec 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB).
  • 10 Dec Soyuz 26 carries two cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station.
  • 11 Dec Billboard Awards
  • 13 Dec Entire University of Evansville basketball team (14 players) die in plane crash.
  • 14 Dec Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, premieres in New York City
  • 16 Dec 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 Elvis Costello and The Attractions 1st US TV appearance (SNL)
  • 18 Dec Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey number 42 (Nate Thumond).
  • 19 Dec Dutch government of Van Agt / Wiegel forms
  • 20 Dec Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations.
  • 22 Dec 36 die as grain elevator at Continental Grain Company plant explodes.
  • 25 Dec Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin meets in Egypt with President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.
  • 30 Dec US President Jimmy Carter holds first news conference by US President in Eastern Europe (Warsaw, Poland).
  • 31 Dec Bubbling Brown Sugar closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances