1977 in History – What happened in year 1977

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.

Know what happened in 1977:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
05 July General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew Pakistani Prime MinisterZulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup d'état.
09 March Twelve gunmen seized three buildings in Washington, D.C., and took 149 hostages in a 39-hour standoff that ended in only two deaths.
09 MayThe Hotel Polen in Amsterdam was destroyed by fire, whichresulted in 33 deaths and 21 injuries.
10 March Astronomers using NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory, an observatory aboard a highly modified jet aircraft, discovered a faint planetary ring system around Uranus.
16 FebruaryArchbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, a leading voice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason and murdered the next day.
20 September A series of celestial sightings of unknown nature was observedin the western Soviet Union, Finland and Denmark.
26 AugustThe National Assembly of Quebec declared French to be the onlyofficial language of Quebec.
27 March Two 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.
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.
16 AugustElvis Presley, 'The King of Rock and Roll', was officiallypronounced dead at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,after he was found unresponsive on the floor of his Graceland bathroom.
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.
27 JuneThe former French Territory of the Afars and the Issas wasgranted independence from France and became Djibouti.
28 MayA fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky,US, killed 165 patrons.
05 SeptemberNASA launched the robotic space probe Voyager 1 (pictured),currently the farthest spacecraft from Earth.
05 JulyGeneral Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrew Pakistani Prime MinisterZulfikar Ali Bhutto in a military coup d'état.
08 January Three bombs attributed to Armenian nationalists exploded acrossMoscow, killing 37 people.
16 February Archbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, a leadingvoice against the regime of Idi Amin, was arrested for treason andmurdered the next day.
17 AugustThe Soviet icebreaker NS Arktika became the first surface shipto reach the North Pole.
18 January The mysterious Legionnaires' disease was found to be caused bya previously unknown bacterium now known as Legionella (pictured).
20 OctoberThree members of the American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd diedwhen their chartered plane crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi.
26 NovemberA speaker claiming to represent the 'Intergalactic Association'interrupted the Southern Television broadcast in South East England,warning viewers that 'All your weapons of evil must be destroyed.'
26 OctoberSomalian hospital cook Ali Maow Maalin began displayingsymptoms in the last known case of naturally occurring smallpox.
21 NovemberGod Defend New Zealand' (audio featured) became New Zealand'ssecond national anthem, on equal standing with 'God Save the Queen',which had been the traditional one since 1840.
12 SeptemberSouth African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was killed inpolice custody.
20 SeptemberA series of celestial phenomena of unknown nature was observedin the western Soviet Union, Finland and Denmark.
26 AugustThe National Assembly of Quebec declared French to be the onlyofficial language of Quebec.
13 JulyEthiopia and Somalia went to war over the disputed Ogadenregion in eastern Ethiopia.
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.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1977:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 March Dominique Canty / Basketball Player / United States of America
10 MayChas Licciardello / Writer / Australia
11 SeptemberMatthew Stevens / Snooker Player / United Kingdom
11 JuneOdalis Pérez / Baseball Player / United States of America
13 OctoberJustin Peroff / Actor / Canada
15 NovemberRobaire Smith / Footballer / United States of America
17 OctoberAndré Villas-Boas / Footballer / Portugal
17 AugustMike Lewis / Guitarist / United Kingdom
19 OctoberMo Twister / Radio / Philippines
20 OctoberMatt Jansen / Footballer / United Kingdom
21 JuneMichael Gomez / Boxer / Ireland
21 JuneJochen Hecht / Ice Hockey Player / Germany
21 JuneSarah Slean / Singer / Canada
21 January Phil Neville / Footballer / United Kingdom
23 AprilLee Young-pyo / Footballer / South Korea
24 March Darren Lockyer / Rugby Player / Australia
26 JulyTanja Szewczenko / Skater / Germany
26 NovemberIvan Basso / Cyclist / Italy
27 OctoberKumar Sangakkara / Cricketer / Sri Lanka
30 NovemberOlivier Schoenfelder / Dancer / France

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1977:

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

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