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1977

Jan3 Apple founded
Jan6 EMI sack the Sex Pistols for their outrageous behaviour
Jan21 Abortion is legalised in Italy
Jan17 Gary Gilmour a convicted double murderer was executed by firing squad at Utah State Penitentiary. He was the first person to be executed in the United States since the reintroduction of the death penalty.
Mar23 Lib-Lab pact established
Mar27 582 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of
Tenerife.
Apr2 Red Rum ridden by Tommy Stack wins the Grand National for the third time
Apr28 Stuttgart court sentences Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carle Raspe to life imprisonment for their crimes whilst members of the Baader-Meinhof group. Baader is found dead in his cell on Oct 18
May23 Armed Moluccan refugees capture a school and train in Groningen Netherlands with nearly 200 hostages
Jun1 Road speed limits: 70mph dual roads; 60mph single
Jun4 Damage estimated at 15,000 was caused when fans dug up the Wembley pitch after Scotland beat England 2-1
Jun7 Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in London
Jul1 Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove for Wimbledon's Women's Singles Final
Jun11 Dutch marines stormed a train at Assen in which South Moluccan terrorists had been holding more than 50 hostages for 19
days. Six terrorists and two hostages were killed.
Jul 14 A power cut in New York leads to widespread looting
Jul28 First oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline System reached Valdez, Alaska.
Aug12 U.S. space shuttle made its first test flight, gliding off the back of a jet and landing safely
Aug16 Elvis dies at Gracelands Memphis age 42 from heart failure
Aug19 Groucho Marx dies
Aug21 U.S. Voyager II spacecraft was launched on its mission to explore the outer planets. It passed close to Jupiter (July 1979), Saturn (August 1981), Uranus (January 1986) and Neptune (August 1989) before leaving the solar system. At the time of writing it is still transmittting radio signals from space and is used as a marker by the various agencies
Sep12 South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody
Sep26 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service from Gatwick to New York
Oct1 Brazilian soccer great Pele' retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games
Oct2 Niki Lauda wins the World Motor Racing Championship
Oct8 800 corpses remain unburied in London due a strike by gravediggers
Oct18 Three Palestinian hijackers were killed when a German anti-terrorist squad stormed a Lufthansa aircraft at Mogadishu Airport.
All 86 passengers who had been held hostage for five days were freed.
Oct20  Three members of rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd die in charter plane crash
Oct27 Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe denies having a homosexual relationsip with former male model Norman Scott 
Oct28 West Yorkshire Police appeal to the public for their help in finding the murderer of a number of women in the area. The murderer is named by the Press as "The Yorkshire Ripper"
Nov10 Artificial insemination is successful for the first time
Nov21 First flight of the Concorde (London to New York)
Dec2 A South African inquest states that no-one is to blame for the death in custody of activist Steve Biko
Dec25 Charlie Chaplin dies

 

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