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Chronology of Events in 1977
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3 Israeli Housing Minister Abraham Ofer committed suicide.
9 The Oakland Raiders defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 in the Super Bowl.
10 A lava flow from the Nyiragongo volcano in Zaire killed 70 persons.
11 The U. S. and Canadian coast guards reported the loss of a Panamanian tanker with 38 persons aboard.
13 A Soviet TU-104 exploded and crashed in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, killing all 96 persons aboard.
British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden died.
17 Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore was executed in Utah.
18 Yugoslav Prime Minister Dzemal
Bijedic was killed in a plane crash near Sarajevo,
21 U. S. President Jimmy Carter granted a full and unconditional pardon to Vietnam War draft evaders.
23 ABC-TV aired the first episode of a 12-hour dramatization of Alex Haley's book Roots.
29 Actor Freddie Prinze committed suicide.
3 Brigadier General Tafari Banti and six other members of Ethiopia's ruling military council were reported killed in factional fighting.
4 A Chicago, Illinois, elevated train rammed the end of another train during the evening rush hour, killing 11 persons and injuring about 180 others.
6 Seven white Roman Catholic missionaries (4 nuns and 3 priests) were shot to death by black nationalist guerrillas in Rhodesia.
7 The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 24, with Viktor V. Gorbatko and Yuri Glazkov aboard.
9 Queen Alia of Jordan and three other persons were killed in the crash of a military helicopter in southern Jordan.
11 Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed died.
18 The United States flight-tested a space shuttle for the first time.
20 U. S. Congressional salaries were
increased from $44,600 to $57,500 a year.
21 Josę Serrano, a New York City, New York, construction worker, received a kidney transplant from a Russian donor.
24 A plane crash in a suburb of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, killed Transportation Secretary William Sherlock, Senator Richard Frame, and seven others.
25 Fire swept through the Rossiya hotel in Moscow, Russia, and killed 45 persons.
22 Pierre Elliott Trudeau became the first Canadian Prime Minister to address a joint session of the U. S. Congress.
4 About 1,500 people died when an earthquake struck Bucharest, Romania.
9 Twelve Hanafi Muslims invaded three Washington, D. C., buildings and took about 150 people hostage
18 President Marien Ngouabi of Congo was assassinated.
23 Emile Biayenda, Archbishop of Brazzaville, was murdered.
24 Morarji R. Desai was sworn in as Prime Minister of India.
25 Earthquakes in Elazig Province,
Turkey, killed 30 persons and damaged homes, schools, and
27 Two jumbo jets collided on a runway at Los Rodeos Airport on Tenerife, Canary Islands, killing 583 persons.
30 NASA announced the discovery of at least five rings around the planet Uranus.
1 Brazilian President Ernesto Geisel
3 Colonel Joachim Yombi Opango was named to succeed Marien Hgouabi as President of the Congo.
4 A Southern Airlines jet crashed in New Hope, Georgia, after its engines ingested hail, killing 62 persons on the plane and 8 on the ground.
5 Former Cuban President Carlos Prio Socarrás committed suicide.
8 Yitzhak Rabin resigned as a candidate for another term as Prime Minister of Israel.
9 The U. S. Coast Guard seized a
Soviet fishing vessel for violating rules governing the
United States' 200-mile fishing zone.
10 Tom Watson won the Master's Golf Tournament.
11 The United States began allowing natives of the Enewetak Atoll to return, 30 years after the U. S. began using the island for nuclear testing.
17 Women in Liechtenstein were allowed to vote for the first time.
19 The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that
the spanking of students by teachers or school officials
was not a violation of the students' constitutional
21 Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan imposed martial law in Karachi, Lahore, and Hyderabad.
22 A pipe on a North Sea oil well blew out, causing a major oil slick.
1 More than 1,400 people were arrested while demonstrating against the construction of a nuclear power plant near Seabrook, New Hampshire.
4 The first David Frost interview of former U. S. President Richard Nixon was aired by CBS-TV.
5 Former West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard died.
10 An Israeli helicopter crash during
military exercises killed all 54 paratroopers and crewmen
11 A gas explosion 800 feet underground killed 25 miners in Hokkaido, Japan.
14 The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.
tipped over after landing atop the Pan Am building in New
York City, New York, killing 4 persons on the roof and 1
on the ground.
21 Seattle Slew won the Preakness Stakes and became the tenth horse to win the Triple Crown.
23 South Moluccan terrorists seized a train and an elementary school in the Netherlands.
24 All four of France's major unions staged a nationwide strike.
27 A Soviet passenger jet crashed on approach to Havana, Cuba, killing 66 persons.
28 Fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, killed 168 persons.
29 A. J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500.
31 The Trans Alaska Pipeline was
1 U. S. President Jimmy Carter signed the American Convention on Human Rights.
4 The Soviet Union published the draft of a new constitution.
5 Seychelles President James R. M.
Mancham was overthrown in a coup led by Prime Minister F.
6 A bomb explosion in a crowded Salisbury, Rhodesia, department store killed 11 persons and wounded 76 others.
7 Voters in Dade County, Florida, repealed an ordinance banning discrimination in employment or housing based on a person's sexual preference.
9 Fire in a club in Abidjan, Ivory
Coast, killed 41 persons.
10 James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr., escaped from a maximum-security prison in Tennessee.
11 Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes and became the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown.
15 Spain held its first free parliamentary elections since 1936.
16 Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun died.
17 Swiss Brigadier General Jean-Louis Jeanmarie was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union.
19 John Nepomucene Neumann was declared a saint by Pope Paul VI.
20 The first crude oil entered the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
21 Fire in a Saint John, New
Brunswick, Canada, jail killed 21 prisoners and injured
26 Fire killed 42 persons in a Maury County, Tennessee, jail.
27 Djibouti became an independent republic.
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