1977 in History – What happened in year 1977

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

In history, year 1977 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1977.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1977 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
06 januaryThe record label EMI ended its contract with the English punkrock band Sex Pistols in response to its members' disruptive behaviourat London Heathrow Airport two days earlier.
08 januaryThree bombs attributed to Armenian nationalists exploded across Moscow, killing 37 people.
18 januaryThe mysterious Legionnaires' disease was found to be caused bya previously unknown bacterium now known as Legionella.
16 februaryArchbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, a leadingvoice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason andmurdered the next day.
18 februaryNASA's first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first 'flight' atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft .
09 marchTwelve gunmen seized three buildings in Washington, D.C., and took 149 hostages in a 39-hour standoff that ended in only two deaths.
10 marchAstronomers using NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory, an observatory aboard a highly modified jet aircraft, discovered a faint planetary ring system around Uranus.
27 marchTwo Boeing 747 airliners collided on a foggy runway at Los Rodeos Airport on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people in the worst aircraft accident in aviation history.
29 marchActor Harry Hamlin and Actress Lisa Rinna were bonded into a relationship. They were married.
09 mayThe Hotel Polen in Amsterdam was destroyed by fire, whichresulted in 33 deaths and 21 injuries.
28 mayA fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky,US, killed 165 patrons.
10 juneThe Apple 2 one of the first personal computers goes on sale. It was the first consumer product sold by the Apple Computers .It was a compact computer designed for personal use and became one of the most hi-tech computers of that times.
27 juneFrance granted freedom to Djibouti. Republic of Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east.
27 juneThe former French Territory of the Afars and the Issas wasgranted independence from France and became Djibouti.
05 julyGeneral Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup d'état.
11 julyPresidential Medal of Freedom was posthumously awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. he was a great humanist and activist. He was best non for non violent civil disobedience movements in US against racism. Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award of USA.
13 julyEthiopia and Somalia went to war over the disputed Ogadenregion in eastern Ethiopia.
21 julyLibyan forces carried out a raid at Sallum, sparking a four-daywar with Egypt.
16 augustElvis Presley, 'The King of Rock and Roll', was officially pronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after he was found unresponsive on the floor of his Graceland bathroom.
17 augustThe Soviet icebreaker NS Arktika became the first surface shipto reach the North Pole.
26 augustThe National Assembly of Quebec declared French to be the onlyofficial language of Quebec.
05 septemberNASA launched the robotic space probe Voyager 1, currently the farthest spacecraft from Earth.
12 septemberSteve Biko, a strong anti apartheid activist, was killed in an African prison while in police custody.
12 septemberSouth African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was killed in police custody.
20 septemberA series of celestial phenomena of unknown nature was observedin the western Soviet Union, Finland and Denmark.
04 octoberFormer Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi was discharged after being in police custody for 16 hours, due to charges of political corruption
20 octoberThree members of the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd diedwhen their chartered plane crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi.
26 octoberSomalian hospital cook Ali Maow Maalin began displayingsymptoms in the last known case of naturally occurring smallpox.
06 novemberThe Kelly Barnes Dam in Stephens County, Georgia, US,collapsed, and the resulting flood killed 39 people and caused $2.8million in damages.
19 novemberTAP Portugal Flight 425 crashed while attempting to land atMadeira Airport in Funchal, Madeira, killing over 130 people on board.

Famous birthdays in the year 1977:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 DecemberChad Durbin / Baseball Player / United States of America
06 OctoberShimon Gershon / Singer / Israel
07 January John Gidding / Architect / United States of America
12 DecemberDean Macey / Decathlete / United Kingdom
12 JuneWade Redden / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
12 JulyFrancesca Lubiani / Tennis Player / Italy
13 JuneRomain Mesnil / Pole Vaulter / France
15 March Brian Tee / Actor / United States of America
16 JuneDuncan Hames / Politician / United Kingdom
17 AugustWilliam Gallas / Footballer / France
17 JulyMarc Savard / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
18 NovemberTrent Barrett / Rugby Player / Australia
21 February Owen King / Author / United States of America
22 MayPat Smullen / Jockey / Ireland
28 NovemberAcer Nethercott / Rower / United Kingdom
30 AugustMarlon Byrd / Baseball Player / United States of America
30 SeptemberRoy Carroll / Footballer / Ireland
30 DecemberKenyon Martin / Basketball Player / United States of America
31 AugustIan Harte / Footballer / Ireland
31 MayTheodoros Baev / Volleyball Player / Greece

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1977:

YearName / Profession / Country
25 SeptemberDivya Dutta / Actress / India
09 JuneAmeesha Patel / Actress / India
18 OctoberKunal Kapoor / Actor / India
04 DecemberAjit Agarkar / Cricketer / India
31 DecemberSucheta Kriplani / Politician / India
11 JanuaryTara Sharma / Actress / India
30 March Abhishek Chaubey / Writer / India
19 AprilAnju Bobby George / Jumper / India
15 AprilSudarsan Pattnaik / Sculptor / India
18 DecemberShruti Seth / Actress / India
27 JanuaryDeepshikha Nagpal / Actress / India
14 January Narain Karthikeyan / Racing Car Driver / India
19 SeptemberAakash Chopra / Cricketer / India
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