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1977 Historical Event(s)
- February 4, 1977 – A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency’s history.
- February 18, 1977 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Fire Snake in Chinese astrology.
- March 27, 1977 – Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). 61 survived on the Pan Am flight.
- June 10, 1977 – Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer.
- June 27, 1977 – France grants independence to Djibouti.
- July 20, 1977 – Johnstown, Pennsylvania is hit by a flash flood that kills eighty and causes $350 million in damage.
- September 7, 1977 – The 300 metre tall CKVR-DT transmission tower in Barrie, Ontario, Canada is hit by a light aircraft in a fog, causing it to collapse. All aboard the aircraft are killed.
- 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.
- October 25, 1977 – Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
- November 21, 1977 – Minister of Internal Affairs Allan Highet announces that 'the national anthems of New Zealand shall be the traditional anthem “God Save the Queen” and the poem “God Defend New Zealand”, written by Thomas Bracken, as set to music by John Joseph Woods, both being of equal status as national anthems appropriate to the occasion.
Who Were Born On 1977?
- April 7, 1977 – Silvana Arias, Peruvian actress
- April 17, 1977 – Chad Hedrick, American speed skater
- May 10, 1977 – Nick Heidfeld, German Formula One driver
- May 22, 1977 – Dre Bly, American football player
- June 4, 1977 – Roman Miroshnichenko, Ukrainian guitarist
- June 30, 1977 – Mark Van Gisbergen, New Zealand/English rugby player
- July 1, 1977 – Jarome Iginla, Canadian ice hockey player
- September 15, 1977 – Sophie Dahl, English model
- September 29, 1977 – Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
- October 14, 1977 – Tina Dico, Danish singer-songwriter