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1977 Historical Event(s)
- February 18, 1977 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
- May 28, 1977 – In Southgate, Kentucky, the Beverly Hills Supper Club is engulfed in fire, killing 165 people inside.
- June 13, 1977 – Convicted Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray is recaptured after escaping from prison three days before.
- July 20, 1977 – The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.
- August 4, 1977 – US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.
- September 4, 1977 – The Golden Dragon Massacre took place in San Francisco, California.
- 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.
- October 6, 1977 – The first prototype of the MiG-29, designated 9-01, makes its maiden flight.
- October 21, 1977 – The European Patent Institute is founded.
- October 25, 1977 – Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
Who Were Born On 1977?
- January 6, 1977 – Marc Johnson, American skateboarder
- March 4, 1977 – Tonga Lea'aetoa, New Zealand-Tongan rugby union player
- March 14, 1977 – Naoki Matsuda, Japanese Soccer player (d. 2011)
- May 11, 1977 – Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
- July 26, 1977 – Kim Walther, TV actress
- August 6, 1977 – Jennifer Lyons, American actress
- August 8, 1977 – Mohammad Wasim, Pakistani cricketer
- August 9, 1977 – Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
- October 3, 1977 – Eric Munson, American baseball player
- October 18, 1977 – David Vuillemin, pro motocross rider