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1977 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1977 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
National Basketball Association Champions
|Portland Trail Blazers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Guilermo Vilas/Christine Marie Evert|
|Bjorn Borg/Virginia Wade|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1977 - Ohio State over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1977 - USC over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1977 - Pittsburgh over Georgia
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Dersade Bobby's Girl|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Dorothy Benham (Edina, MN)|
|Kimberly Tomes (Texas)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Barbara Bach, Adrienne Barbeau, Jacqueline Bisset, Christie Brinkley, Carol Burnett, Valerie Bertinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Gia Carangi, Lynda Carter, Charo, Angie Dickinson, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Karen Graham, Shelley Hack, Iman, Kate Jackson, Lena Kansbod, Diane Keaton, Cheryl Ladd, Jessica Lange, Mary Tyler Moore, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Suzanne Pleshette, Diana Ross, Jane Seymour, Jacquelyn Smith, Suzanne Somers, Donna Summer, Lindsay Wagner, Mary Woronov|
|"May the Force be with you"
- Harrison Ford, in Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope)
"We are two wild and crazy guys"
-Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live
"I love New York"
- NY State Dept. of Economic Development ad
"Well, Excuuuuse Me"
- Steve Martin
- Diane Keaton, in Annie Hall
Not long before Elvis Presley's death, a group of Scientologists once tried to recruit Elvis. After the meeting, Elvis fumed: "The hell with those people. There's no way I'll ever get involved with that s.o.b. group. All they want is my money."
1977 Pop Culture History
Prior to Jaws (1975) and Star Wars (1977),
summers were considered the "graveyard season" for movie
The best-selling instrumental single of all time is Meco's Star
Wars Theme and Cantina Band cover of the Star Wars soundtrack.
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|Director Roman Polanski pleaded guilty of raping a
13 year old girl in 1977 but fled the U.S to avoid charges, this is
why his 2011 film Carnage, staring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph
Waltz and John C. Reilly although set in New York was actually filmed
The deadliest (583 casualties) crash in Aviation history occurred not in the skies but on the runway between two Boeing 747s on March 27, 1977. Known as the 'Tenerife Airport Disaster'. It happened at the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport), on the Spanish island of Tenerife, Canary Islands.
In 1962, special, hi-tech locks were added to all US nuclear missiles that would prevent launch without a secret, unique launch code. However, military officials quietly circumvented this safeguard by setting every lock to "00000000". The codes remained unchanged until 1977.
Aerosmith's flight crew inspected a Convair CV-240 for possible use and rejected it because they felt the plane and crew were not up to their standards. That plane crashed on October 20, 1977 from fuel exhaustion due to poor maintenance, killing three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Han Solo shot (Greedo) first in Star Wars. Deal with it.
DC Comics' original candidate for its first headlining black superhero was the Black Bomber, a white racist who would turn into a black superhero under stress. Comics historian Don Markstein called it "an insult to practically everybody with any point of view at all." The character was eventually born as "Black Lightning".
As of today, the cost of college textbooks in the US have risen more than 1,000 percent since 1977, even faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices.
Megumi Yokota was a native Japanese citizen who was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977 at the age of thirteen. She was said to have been died in 1994 while in captivity, though her parents and many people in Japan continuously believe that she is still alive.
The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack did not get an Academy Award nomination.
Singer Tom Waits was arrested outside Duke's Tropicana Coffee Shop in Los Angeles, for trying to stop men from bullying other patrons.These men were plainclothes officers,and Waits was charged with disturbing the peace.Waits disputed the charge,was found not guilty,and successfully sued the police department for $7,500.
The 'Son of Sam' serial killer, David Berkowitz, was captured. Sam was his neighbor's dog, who told him to do the killing.
Until 1977 there was a commercial heliport on the roof of what is now the Met-Life Building (over Grand Central Station) in NYC, with shuttle flights to local airports, until several people were killed in a horrible accident there.
Airplane Celebrity Death: Ronnie Van Zant, , Steve Gaines
Celebrity Suicide Death: Freddie Prinze (gunshot)
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Atari 2600 Console, Studio II Game Console, Bally Professional Arcade, Star Wars Toys, Chai Pets, Slime, Skateboards, Coleco released the Telstar Alpha, Telstar Colormatic and Telstar Ranger
Heavy Metal began publication
|Watching Star Wars. FYI - Again, Han shot first.
Watching Roots on ABC
Reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
1977/78 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
2. Happy Days (ABC)
3. Three's Company (ABC)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Charlie's Angels (ABC)
6. All in the Family (CBS)
7. Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
8. Alice (CBS)
9. M*A*S*H (CBS)
10. One Day at a Time (CBS)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1977 include
Abba, Alan O'Day, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Barry White, The Bee Gees, Bob Marley, Brick, The Brothers Johnson, The Commodores, Daryl Hall & John Oates, David Soul, Debby Boone, Donna Summer, The Dramatics, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), The Emotions, Fleetwood Mac, Heatwave, Johnnie Taylor, KC & the Sunshine Band, Kiss, Leo Sayer, Linda Ronstadt, Lou Rawls, LTD (Love, Togetherness and Devotion), Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, Natalie Cole, Rose Royce, Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, Shaun Cassidy, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, Tavares, Thelma Houston, The Trammps, War
Number One Hits of 1977
|November 13, 1976 - January 7, 1977: Rod Stewart -
Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
January 8, 1977 - January 14, 1977: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. - You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)
January 15, 1977 - January 21, 1977: Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
January 22, 1977 - January 28, 1977: Stevie Wonder - I Wish
January 29, 1977 - February 4, 1977: Rose Royce - Car Wash
February 5, 1977 - February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregor - Torn Between Two Lovers
February 19, 1977 - February 25, 1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light
February 26, 1977 - March 4, 1977: Eagles - New Kid in Town
March 5, 1977 - March 25, 1977: Barbra Streisand - Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)
March 26, 1977 - April 8, 1977: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Rich Girl
April 9, 1977 - April 15, 1977: ABBA - Dancing Queen
April 16, 1977 - April 22, 1977: David Soul - Don't Give Up on Us
April 23, 1977 - April 29, 1977: Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way
April 30, 1977 - May 6, 1977: Glen Campbell - Southern Nights
May 7, 1977 - May 13, 1977: Eagles - Hotel California
May 14, 1977 - May 20, 1977: Leo Sayer - When I Need You
May 21, 1977 - June 10, 1977: Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
June 11, 1977 - June 17, 1977: KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man
June 18, 1977 - June 24, 1977: Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
June 25, 1977 - July 1, 1977: Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up (Part 1)
July 2, 1977 - July 8, 1977: Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
July 9, 1977 - July 15, 1977: Alan O'Day - Undercover Angel
July 16, 1977 - July 22, 1977: Shaun Cassidy - Da Doo Ron Ron
July 23, 1977 - July 29, 1977: Barry Manilow - Looks Like We Made It
July 30, 1977 - August 19, 1977: Andy Gibb - I Just Want to Be Your Everything
August 20, 1977 - September 30, 1977: The Emotions - Best of My Love
October 1, 1977 - October 14, 1977: Meco - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band
October 15, 1977 - December 23, 1977: Debby Boone - You Light Up My Life
|Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Demon Seed, Eraserhead, The Goodbye Girl, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Hills Have Eyes, Julia, Pete's Dragon, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Wars (Episode IV), Suspira, Three Women, The Turning Point|
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