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1977 Historical Event(s)
- January 8, 1977 – Three bombs explode in Moscow within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings are attributed to an Armenian separatist group.
- February 18, 1977 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
- May 25, 1977 – Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday.
- June 13, 1977 – Convicted Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.
- August 13, 1977 – Members of the British National Front (NF) clash with anti-NF demonstrators in Lewisham, London, resulting in 214 arrests and at least 111 injuries.
- September 5, 1977 – Voyager program: Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay.
- September 7, 1977 – The Torrijos-Carter Treaties between Panama and the United States on the status of the Panama Canal are signed. The United States agrees to transfer control of the canal to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
- September 20, 1977 – The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is admitted to the United Nations.
- September 30, 1977 – Because of US budget cuts and dwindling power reserves, the Apollo program’s ALSEP experiment packages left on the Moon are shut down.
- October 18, 1977 – German Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is murdered and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide.
Who Were Born On 1977?
- January 24, 1977 – Kensuke Kita, Japanese guitarist (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)
- January 28, 1977 – Joey Fatone, American singer (*NSYNC)
- April 22, 1977 – Ambra Angiolini, Italian actress
- April 26, 1977 – Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
- May 4, 1977 – Nestoras Kommatos, Greek basketball player
- May 16, 1977 – Emiliana Torrini Icelandic singer and songwriter
- May 21, 1977 – Michael Fuß, German footballer
- August 9, 1977 – Adewale Ogunleye, American football player
- September 25, 1977 – Clea DuVall, American actress
- December 2, 1977 – Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer