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1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1977th year of the Common Era (CE) and (AD) designations, the 977th year of the Anno Domini 2nd millennium, the 77th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1970s decade.
, 39th President of the United States
March 4 - The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500.
March 5 - Formula One driver Tom Pryce dies after colliding with a track marshal at the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami.
March 8 - The Australian parliament is opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia.
March 9 - Hanafi Siege: Approximately a dozen armed Hanafi Movement members take over 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., killing 1 person and taking more than 130 hostages (the hostage situation ends 2 days later).
March 10 - The rings of Uranus are discovered.
March 12 - The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
March 15 - Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the PBS opera series both make their American television debuts. Pavarotti stars in a complete production of Live from the Met Puccini's . La Boheme
March 18 - United States lifts ban on travel by U.S. citizens to Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam.
March 19 - Results of elections to the Indian Parliament are declared. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party is routed by the opposition Janata alliance.
March 21 - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi withdraws the state of emergency which was implemented on June 25, 1975.
March 26 - Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson. March 27 - Tenerife disaster: A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people. This becomes the deadliest accident in aviation history.
June 6 - 9 - Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate 25 years of Elizabeth II's reign.
June 7 - After campaigning by Anita Bryant and her "Save Our Children" crusade, Miami-Dade County, Florida voters overwhelmingly vote to repeal the county's "gay rights" ordinance.
June 12 - The Supremes perform their final concert together at Drury Lane, London, and then disband permanently.
June 15 - Spain has its first democratic elections, after 41 years of Francoist Spain.
June 16 - The Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California as Software Development Laboratories by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates.
June 21 - Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (40th government since the founding of the Turkish republic, but fails to receive the vote of confidence).
June 27 - Djibouti receives its independence from France. June 30
CKO (a Canadian all news radio network, defunct since 1989) begins broadcasting. The
East African Community is dissolved. The Championships, Wimbledon (tennis) - Virginia Wade wins the women's singles title in the centenary year of the tournament, Wade's first and only Wimbledon title and her third and final Grand Slam title overall; she remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.
July 5 - General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrows Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
July 10 - A temperature of 48.0 °C (118.4 °F), a record for continental Europe, is recorded in Greece. 
July 15 - Anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay disappears near Griffith, New South Wales (presumed murdered).
July 19 - 20 - Flooding in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, caused by massive rainfall, kills over 75 people and causes billions in damage.
July 21 - 24 - The Libyan-Egyptian War, sparked by a Libyan raid on Sallum, begins.
July 21 - Süleyman Demirel, of AP forms the new government of Turkey (41st government a three-party coalition, so-called second national front ( Turkish: Milliyetçi cephe)).
July 22 - The purged Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power nine months after the " Gang of Four" was expelled from power in a coup d'état.
July 24 - Led Zeppelin presents its last American concert in Oakland, California, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A brawl erupts between Led Zeppelin's crew and the staff of the promoter Bill Graham, resulting in criminal assault charges for several members of the Led Zeppelin group including the drummer John Bonham.
July 27 - The Soviet Politburo orders Boris Yeltsin to demolish the Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were shot in 1918. Yeltsin eventually calls this a barbarian act.
July 30 - Left-wing German terrorists Susanne Albrecht,  Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Christian Klar assassinate Jürgen Ponto, chairman of the  Dresdner Bank in Oberursel, West Germany.
October 1 - Energy Research and Development Administration combined with the Federal Energy Administration to form United States Department of Energy.
The Soviet Union adopts its third Constitution after a prolonged campaign by Brezhnev Supporters to have it passed before the Supreme Soviet dissolves for the end of the parliamentary session.
Pelé plays his final professional football game as a member of the New York Cosmos.
October 13 - German Autumn: Four Palestinians hijack Lufthansa Flight 181 to Somalia and demand the release of 11 Red Army Faction members.
October 14 - Anita Bryant is hit with pies by four gay rights activists during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
October 15 - World's End Murders: Christine Eadie and Helen Scott, both 17, disappear after leaving the World's End pub in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their bodies are found tied and strangled in the countryside the next day. In 2014, serial killer Angus Sinclair is convicted of the crime.
October 17 - 18 - German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm the hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; three of the four hijackers die.
October 19 - German Autumn: Kidnapped industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer is found murdered in Mulhouse, France.
October 20 - Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a charter plane crash outside Gillsburg, Mississippi, three days after the release of their fifth studio album . Street Survivors
October 21 - The European Patent Institute is founded.
October 23 - The president of Catalonia, Josep Tarradellas, returns to Barcelona from exile and the autonomous government of Catalonia, the Generalitat, is restored.
October 27 - British punk band Sex Pistols release on the Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major retailers in the UK to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release. October 28
December December - the
Colombo Plan for Co-operative Economic and Social Development in Asia and the Pacific (CESDAP) is implemented.
December 6 - South Africa grants independence to Bophuthatswana, although it is not recognized by any other country.
December 10 - 1977 Australian federal election: Malcolm Fraser's Liberal/ National Country Coalition Government is re-elected with a slightly reduced majority, defeating the Labor Party led by former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Consequently, Whitlam resigned as ALP leader after holding the job for nearly 11 years; he would be replaced by former Treasurer Bill Hayden.
December 11 - after losing 26 games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the US National Football League record their very first win; against the New Orleans Saints.
December 13 - a chartered Douglas DC-3 aircraft carrying the University of Evansville basketball team to Nashville, Tennessee, crashes in rain and dense fog about 90 seconds after takeoff from Evansville Regional Airport; 29 people die in the crash, including 14 members of the team and head coach Bob Watson.
December 18 - SA de Transport Aérien Flight 730, an international charter service from Zurich to Funchal Airport (Madeira), hits the sea during a landing attempt. Many of the 36 who die drown, trapped inside the sinking aircraft. Twenty-one people survive with the help of rescuers and by swimming to the shore.
December 20 - Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations.
December 22 - A grain elevator explodes in Westwego, Louisiana, killing 36. December 25 - English comedian and silent film actor, Charlie Chaplin dies at his home in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland from a stroke at the age of 88.
January 4 - Irán Castillo, Mexican actress and singer 
January 5 - Matej Ferjan, Slovenian motorcycle speedway (d. 2011)
January 9 - Scoonie Penn, American basketball player
January 12 - Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor
January 15 - Giorgia Meloni, Italian politician
January 17 - Leigh Whannell, Australian actor and writer
January 19 - Taliesin Jaffe, American voice actor and actor
January 20 - Melody, Belgian singer
January 21 - Jerry Trainor, American actor, comedian and musician
January 22 - Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
January 23 - Kamal Heer, Punjabi singer and musician
January 24 - Johann Urb, American actor
February 1 - Lari Ketner, American professional basketball player (d. 2014)
February 10 - Morihiro Hashimoto, Japanese darts player (d. 2017)
Randy Moss, American football player Mike Shinoda, American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and graphic designer
February 14 - Elmer Symons, motorcycle enduro racer (d. 2007)
February 15 - Brooks Wackerman American drummer
February 19 - Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
February 23 - Kristina ?migun-Vähi, Estonian skier
February 27 - Ji Sung, South Korean actor February 28
April 1 - Paul Kalanithi, Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer (d. 2015)
April 5 - Daniel Majstorovi?, Swedish soccer player
April 8 - Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
April 9 - Gerard Way, American musician and comic book writer
April 10 - Stephanie Sheh, American voice actress
April 11 - DJ Fresh, English DJ and music producer
April 17 - Frederik Magle, Danish composer, concert organist, and pianist
April 19 - Bryan Spears, American film and television producer
April 21 - Jamie Salé, Canadian figure skater
Arash, Iranian-Swedish singer, entertainer and producer
John Cena, American professional WWE wrestler, actor and rapper
Eric Edelstein, American actor and voice actor
Andruw Jones, Antillean baseball player
John Oliver, British comedian and television personality Kal Penn, American actor, producer, and former civil servant
April 25 - Manolo Cardona, Colombian actor
April 27 - Dai Fujikura, Japanese composer April 30
June 3 - Travis Hafner, American baseball player
June 5 - Nourhanne, Lebanese singer
June 7 - Chen Luyun, Chinese basketball (d. 2015)
June 8 - Kanye West, American rapper and record producer
June 9 - Peja Stojakovi?, Serbian basketball player
June 14 - Chris McAlister, American football player
June 16 - Kerry Wood, American baseball player
June 18 - Majed Moqed, Saudi Arabian terrorist (d. 2001)
June 20 - Aaron Moule, Australian rugby league player
June 21 - Jochen Hecht, German ice hockey player
June 24 - Mal Michael, Papua New Guinean footballer
June 28 - Harun Tekin, Turkish rock vocalist and guitarist ( Mor ve Ötesi) June 29
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Li Zimeng, Chinese host
July 2 - Carl Froch, British boxer
July 5 - Steven Sharp Nelson, American cellist
July 6 - Audrey Fleurot, French actress
July 9 - Noppadol Sangnil, Thai snooker player
July 16 - Brian Cook, American bass guitarist
July 19 - Jean-Sébastien Aubin, Canadian ice hockey player
July 21 - Paul Casey, English golfer
July 30 - Jaime Pressly, American actress July 31 - Tim Couch, American football player
August 1 - Helder Mota Ricardo, East Timorese footballer
August 2 - Edward Furlong, American actor
August 3 - Tom Brady, American football player and entrepreneur
August 7 - Charlotte Ronson and Samantha Ronson, British designer and DJ, respectively (twin sisters)
August 9 - Chamique Holdsclaw, American basketball player
August 11 - Pablo Lucio Vasquez, American murderer, execution by lethal injection (d. 2016)
August 16 - Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer-songwriter and actor
August 18 - Luká? Bauer, Czech cross-country skier
August 19 - Callum Blue, English actor
August 22 - JP Auclair, Canadian freeskiier. (d. 2014)
August 26 - Morris Peterson, American basketball player
September 6 - Kiyoshi Hikawa, Japanese enka singer
September 7 - Molly Holly, American professional wrestler
September 9 - Soulja Slim, American rapper (d. 2003)
September 13 - Fiona Apple, American singer
September 18 - Kieran West, British Olympic oarsman
September 19 - Ryan Dusick, American musician (former Maroon 5)
September 20 - Namie Amuro, Japanese singer
September 21 - Hank Fraley, American football player
September 22 - Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league player
September 26 - Sirena Irwin, American actress and voice actress
September 30 - Roy Carroll, Irish footballer
October 2 - Didier Défago, Swiss Olympic alpine skier
October 5 - Hugleikur Dagsson, Icelandic artist
October 6 - Daniel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player
October 8 - Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain bicycle racer
October 12 - Bode Miller, American skier
October 16 - John Mayer, American musician and record producer
October 21 - Brett Goldin, South African actor (d. 2006)
October 25 - Birgit Prinz, German footballer
October 28 - Jonas Rasmussen, Danish badminton player October 29 - Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
November 1 - Alistair Griffin, British singer and songwriter
November 3 - Greg Plitt, American fitness model, actor and former Army Ranger (d. 2015)
November 4 - Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
November 15 - Sean Murray, American actor
November 17 - Ryk Neethling, South African swimmer
November 22 - Michael Preston, English footballer
November 24 - Colin Hanks, American actor
November 26 - Stu Block, Canadian metal singer and songwriter
November 27 - Mika Tan, Asian-American adult film actress
November 28 - DeMya Walker, American basketball player November 30 - Nelsan Ellis, African-American film and television actor and playwright (d. 2017)
December 1 - Brad Delson, American musician ( Linkin Park)
December 11 - Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union player
December 12 - Adam Saitiev, Chechen wrestler, Olympic gold medalist
December 17 - Oxana Fedorova, Russian model
December 20 - Sonja Aldén, Swedish pop singer
December 24 - Domingo Vega, also known as Américo, Chilean singer
December 25 - Uhm Ji-won, South Korean actress
Psy, South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and record producer Donald Trump Jr., American businessman
January 2 - Erroll Garner, American musician (b. 1921)
January 4 - Ibrahim Biçakçiu, Albanian politician, 2-time Prime Minister of Albania leader of World War II (b. 1905)
January 17 - Gary Gilmore, American murderer (b. 1940)
January 19 - Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (b. 1895)
January 20 - Dimitrios Kiousopoulos, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1892)
January 24 - Eli Lilly, American pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropist from Indianapolis (b. 1885)
January 26 - Dietrich von Hildebrand, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1889)
January 28 - Burt Mustin, American actor (b. 1884) January 29 - Freddie Prinze, American actor and comedian (b. 1954)
February 3 - Pauline Starke, American actress (b. 1901)
February 4 - Brett Halliday, American writer (b. 1904)
February 5 - Oskar Klein, Swedish theoretical physicist (b. 1894)
February 6 - George John Park, New Zealand teacher and technical college principal (b. 1880)
February 8 - Olinda Bozán, Argentinian actress (b. 1894)
February 9 - Alia Al-Hussein, Queen of Jordan (b. 1948)
February 13 - Alberto Diena, Italian philatelist (b. 1894)
February 14 - Bill Tilman, English mountaineer and explorer (b. 1898)
February 15 - Herman Johannes Lam, Dutch botanist (b. 1892)
February 17 - Mary Anne Reidy, New Zealand civilian and military nurse, community leader (b. 1880)
February 18 - Chandabai, Indian Jain scholar and women's education pioneer (b. 1880)
February 19 - Anthony Crosland, British author and politician (b. 1918)
February 21 - John Hubley, American animator (b. 1914) February 22 - Anthony Nicholls, British actor (b. 1902)
March 1 - Diallo Telli, Guinean diplomat and politician, 1st Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (b. 1925)
Eugénie Brazier, French chef considered the mother of modern French cooking (b. 1895) Paul Rohmer, Alsacian physician considered the father of modern pædiatrics (b. 1876)
March 5 - Tom Pryce, British Formula race car driver (b. 1949)
March 8 - Henry Hull, American actor (b. 1890)
March 11 - Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (b. 1893)
March 15 - Antonino Rocca, Italian professional wrestler (b. 1921)
March 17 - Claude Roger-Marx, French writer, and playwright (b. 1888)
March 18 - Marien Ngouabi, 3rd President of Congo (assassinated) (b. 1938)
March 19 - William L. Laurence, Jewish Lithuanian-American journalist (b. 1888)
March 20 - Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, English politician, 9th Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1909)
March 30 - Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929) March 31
April 2 - He Tianjian, Chinese painter (b. 1891)
April 2 - John Whitaker, British gymnast (b. 1886)
April 5 - Carlos Prío Socarrás, 11th President of Cuba (b. 1903)
April 7 - Karl Ritter, German film producer and director (b. 1888)
April 11 - Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
April 12 - Philip K. Wrigley, American chewing gum manufacturer and Major League Baseball executive (b. 1894)
April 14 - Francisco Maria da Silva, Portuguese Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1910)
April 16 - Harwood Sturtevant, Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac (b. 1888)
April 17 - William Conway, Northern Irish cardinal (b. 1913)
April 21 - Gummo Marx, American actor and comedian (b. 1892)
April 23 - Charles D. Herron, general in the United States Army (b. 1877)
April 26 - Jack Ayre, Canadian pianist (b. 1894)
April 29 - William Arthur Whitlock, New Zealand journalist (b. 1891)
May 2 - Nicholas Magallanes, American principal dancer and charter member of the New York City Ballet (b. 1922)
May 4 - Richard Pike Bissell, English novelist (b. 1913)
May 7 - Prince Xavier of Bourbon-Parma, Spanish Carlist pretender (b. 1889)
May 9 - James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
May 10 - Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1904)
May 13 - Otto Deßloch, German World War II Luftwaffe general (b. 1889)
May 16 - Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (b. 1915)
May 17 - Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educational philosopher, dean of Yale Law School (b. 1899)
May 18 - Czes?aw Wycech, Polish activist, politician and historian (b. 1899)
August 1 - Francis Gary Powers, American U-2 spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
August 2 - Manuel Gonçalves Cerejeira, Portuguese Roman Catholic cardinal (b. 1888)
August 5 - Waldo L. Schmitt, American biologist (b. 1887)
August 6 - Alexander Bustamante, Jamaican politician, 1st Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1884)
August 8 - Son Ngoc Thanh, 2nd Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1908)
August 9 - George Kenney, World War II United States Army Air Forces general (b. 1889)
August 13 - Henry Williamson, English naturalist, farmer and prolific ruralist (b. 1895)
August 16 - Elvis Presley, American actor, musician and singer-songwriter (b. 1935)
August 17 - Delmer Daves, American screenwriter and director (b. 1904)
August 22 - Sebastian Cabot, English actor (b. 1918) August 23 - Naum Gabo, prominent Russian sculptor (b. 1890)
October 2 - Joseph William Woodrough, American federal judge (b. 1873)
October 3 - Tay Garnett, American film director (b. 1894)
October 8 - Joe Greenstein, Polish-born American strongman (b. 1893)
October 10 - Jean Duvieusart, Belgian politician, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1900)
October 12 - Dorothy Davenport, American actress (b. 1895)
October 14 - Bing Crosby, American pop singer and actor (b. 1903)
October 15 - Arthur Morris, British Anglican bishop (b. 1898)
October 17 - Sir Michael Balcon, English film producer (b. 1896)
October 20 - Three members of American rock group, Lynyrd Skynyrd, killed in plane crash:
October 22 - Boye Schlytter, Norwegian businessman and mountain climber (b. 1891)
October 25 - Félix Gouin, French Socialist politician, caretaker head of State as 2nd chairman of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (b. 1884) October 27
December 3 - Jack Beresford, British Olympic rower (b. 1899)
December 4 - Tom Senier, Irish melodeon (single row diatonic accordion) player (b. 1895)
December 12 - Clementine Churchill, Wife of Winston Churchill (b. 1885)
December 13 - Sir Charles Petrie, British historian (b. 1895)
December 15 - Wilfred Kitching, 7th (British) General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
Gustaf Aulén, Bishop of Strängnäs in the Church of Sweden (b. 1879) Yngve Larsson, Swedish Ph.D., Municipal commissioner (Borgarråd), Member of Parliament and statesman (b. 1881)
December 18 - Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor and director (b. 1897)
December 24 - Juan Velasco Alvarado, 58th President of Peru (b. 1910)
December 26 - Howard Hawks, American film director (b. 1896)
December 27 - Mildred Bendall, French active force of the avant-garde (b. 1891) December 28
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