1977 in the United States

Events from the year 1977 in the United States.

1977
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the United States

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Incumbents

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Federal government

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Gerald Ford (R-Michigan) (until January 20)
Jimmy Carter (D-Georgia) (starting January 20)
Nelson Rockefeller (R-New York) (until January 20)
Walter Mondale (D-Minnesota) (starting January 20)
Carl Albert (D-Oklahoma) (until January 3)
Tip O'Neill (D-Massachusetts) (starting January 4)
Mike Mansfield (D-Montana) (until January 3)
Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) (starting January 3)

Events

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January

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January 20: Jimmy Carter becomes the 39th U.S. president
 
Walter Mondale becomes the 42nd U.S. vice president

February

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March

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An excursion train pulled by a classic BC Rail steam locomotive visits Oakland, California in 1977

April

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  • May 4 – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops rule that divorced Catholics, including those who remarried outside the Church, are no longer automatically excommunicated and can still attend Mass but if they remarry without obtaining a Church annulment, cannot receive Holy Communion and confession.[10]
  • May 8 – Suzanne Lacy's extended performance piece about rape, Three Weeks in May begins in Los Angeles and continues until May 24.[11]
  • May 14 – The Montreal Canadiens sweep the Boston Bruins in four games to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
  • May 16 – A 20-passenger S-61L helicopter topples sideways at takeoff from the roof of the Pan Am Building in Midtown Manhattan. Four passengers are killed by the turning rotors and a woman at street level is fatally struck by a fallen blade.
  • May 17 – Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre first opens in San Jose, California.
  • May 25 – The movie Star Wars, directed by George Lucas is released as the first film in the Star Wars Saga and the first in the Original Trilogy. It is premiered in 32 movie theaters across the United States [12] before reaching other cinemas nationwide. Critics who had previewed the film gave it good reviews, with Time magazine dubbing it "the year's best movie".[13] Charles Champlin called it "the year's most razzle-dazzling family movie, an exuberant and technically astonishing space adventure".[14] Gene Siskel commented that "'Star Wars' is not a great movie in the sense that it describes the human condition. It simply is a fun picture," with "spectacular visual effects, the best since Stanley Kubrick's 2001.[15] Some hated the film, with one calling it "frequently boring with its fairy-tale plot", "relentlessly childish", and "no more sophisticated or believable than an old Spider Man comic book."[16] Star Wars would go on to break the record for highest-grossing film (surpassing Jaws, The Godfather and The Sound of Music) [17]
  • May 26 – George Willig climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • May 27 – Space Mountain opens at Disneyland and will become one of the park's most popular attractions.
  • May 28 – The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky is engulfed in fire, killing 165 inside.
  • May 29 – Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt becomes the first driver (to date) to win a record four times.

June

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July

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August

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Radio Shack’s new TRS-80 Micro Computer System uses a computer keyboard to plug into an included 64 column video monitor, programmed by cassette tapes played on a home cassette player, shown at the Boston Computer Show on August 25, 1977. From left, visitors Robert Lundgren of Des Plaines, Illinois, Malcolm MacLeod of Montreal, and Radio Shack salesman Steven Carlozzi of Brockton, Massachusetts

September

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Voyager 1 launched Sept. 5, 1977

October

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November

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A British Airways Concorde aircraft

December

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Undated

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Ongoing

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January

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Dustin Diamond
 
Jerry Trainor
 
Vince Carter
 
Antonio Delgado
 
Kerry Washington

February

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Mike Shinoda
 
Ike Barinholtz
 
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
 
Jason Aldean

March

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James Van Der Beek
 
Robin Thicke
 
Jessica Chastain
 
Annie Wersching

April

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Sarah Michelle Gellar
 
Kal Penn
 
John Cena
 
Tom Welling
 
Eric Church
 
Tom Cotton
 
Mark Hunter
 
Eric Christian Olsen

June

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Sarah Wayne Callies
 
Zachary Quinto
 
Kanye West
 
Jason Mraz

July

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Liv Tyler
 
Milo Ventimiglia
 
Brock Lesnar
 
Jaime Pressly

August

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Tom Brady
 
Jamey Jasta
 
Jeff Hardy

September

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Ludacris
 
2 Chainz
 
Marisa Ramirez
 
Clea DuVall

October

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Matt Bomer
 
John Mayer
 
Jon Heder

November

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Brittany Murphy
 
Maggie Gyllenhaal
 
Colin Hanks
 
Andy Beshear

December

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Nancy Mace
 
Michael Raymond-James
 
Laila Ali
 
Donald Trump Jr.

Full date unknown

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Sarah Ashton-Cirillo

Deaths

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January

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Peter Finch

February

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March

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Fannie Lou Hamer

April

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June

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July

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August

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Elvis Presley

September

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Ethel Waters

October

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Bing Crosby

November

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December

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See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ The mean temperature for January 1977 of 23.09 °F or −4.95 °C was the coldest since before 1895, but was broken in January 1979.
  2. ^ Januaries 1981, 1985 and 2014 have since surpassed this figure, almost certainly largely due to man-made global warming.

References

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  1. ^ CalmX, some as; Artist, Was an Experimental; Director, Film; producer; Creator, Video Game Content; inventors, freelance writer for some 18 years She specialized in writing about; inventions; March 2015, in particular Bellis died in. "The Inventors of the First Hobby and Home Computers". ThoughtCo.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "History of the Coalition of Free Men, Inc. (NCFM) - National Coalition For Men (NCFM)". ncfm.org. 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b October to February Mean Temperature: Ohio Valley; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  4. ^ Mitchell K. Hall (2008). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of the Nixon-Ford Era. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6410-8.
  5. ^ Dewey, K.F. (1977). "Lake-Effect Snowstorms and the Record Breaking 1976–1977 Snowfall to the Lee of Lakes Erie and Ontario". Weatherwise. 30 (6): 228–231. Bibcode:1977Weawi..30f.228D. doi:10.1080/00431672.1977.9931836.
  6. ^ "Contiguous US Minimum Temperature; All Months". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  7. ^ "Alaska Average Temperature: January [1925 to 1977]". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  8. ^ Magazine, Smithsonian. "What Happened When a Southern Airways Flight 242 Crashed in Sadie Burkhalter's Front Yard". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2023-12-04.
  9. ^ Brasch, Ben. "40 years later: Remembering the 72 who died in New Hope plane crash". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved 2023-12-04.
  10. ^ Hyer, Marjorie (November 11, 1977). "Vatican Eases Excommunication Rule". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Fryd, Vivien Green (Spring 2007). "Suzanne Lacy's Three Weeks in May: Feminist Activist Performance Art as "Expanded Public Pedagogy"". NWSA Journal. 19 (1). The Johns Hopkins University Press: 23–38. JSTOR 4317229. S2CID 201751753.
  12. ^ "Star Wars' B.O. Hits Wow $2.5 Mil", Variety, June 1, 1977, p.1
  13. ^ "STAR WARS: The Year's Best Movie", TIME, May 30, 1977
  14. ^ "'Star Wars' Hails the Once and Future Space Western", by Charles Champlin, Los Angeles Times, May 22, 1977
  15. ^ "'Star Wars' flashes with space wizardry", by Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, May 27, 1977, p.23
  16. ^ "'Star Wars' twinkles for TV-cartoon set only'", by Scott Hamen, Courier-Journal (Louisville KY), May 26, 1977, p.C-5
  17. ^ "'Star Wars' the new box office champ", Modesto (CA) Bee, December 1, 1977, p. C-12.
  18. ^ "Elvis Presley Remembered: A Look at How Rolling Stone Covered the King on the Thirtieth Anniversary of His Death". Rolling Stone. 15 August 2007.
  19. ^ "Four years of built $120 Million hospital of faith", New York Times, October 20, 1981; retrieved October 23, 2013
  20. ^ "Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell". www.superseventies.com.
  21. ^ July to June Precipitation: Western NWS Region, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  22. ^ Northwest Region July to June Precipitation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  23. ^ Quinn, F. H., Assell, R. A., Boyce, D. E., Leshkevich, G. A., Snider, C. R., and Weisnet, D.; ‘Summary of Great Lakes Weather and Ice Conditions, Winter 1976-77’
  24. ^ "Wally Szczerbiak Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
  25. ^ "Jean Hagen". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  26. ^ Ethel Roosevelt Derby, a Daughter Of President Theodore Roosevelt
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