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Major Events of 1977

1977 (Roman Numerals: MCMLXXVII) was the 77th year of the 20th century. 1977 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Saturday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 1977.
News Events of 1977

Gary Gilmore becomes first person executed in United States since 1967.

Last execution by guillotine in France.

Star Wars hits the cinemas.

Collision between two Boeing 747 jumbo jets at Los Rodeos airport, Tenerife, in the worst air disaster in history. 583 killed.

British Airways introduces a regular supersonic Concorde service between London and New York City.


Elvis Presley dies.

Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, visits Israel.

Astronomers discover rings around the planet Uranus.

Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II

Apple introduces the Apple II computer.

A power-cut blacks out New York City. Widespread looting and vandalism occur.

Atari VCS (later known as the "Atari 2600") video game console goes on sale.

Oracle Corporation founded.

Jimmy Carter pardons Vietnam War draft evaders.

Jimmy Carter

Djibouti independent from France.

Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko dies in police custody.

Jean-Bédel Bokassa crowns himself Emperor of the Central African Republic.

Sports in 1977

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