The Year That Was… 1977

An In Depth Look at the Year I Was Born

Once in a while I will take a stroll down memory lane through a specific year in history. We started with 1948 and will now take a look at the year yours truly, was born.

I was able to experience three years of the seventies but not in a way that I can remember. I’m sure I slept a lot, cried a ton and blew through a high number of diapers. So… not much has changed.

The Top Names in Entertainment

In other entertainment news from that year, the world’s first personal computer, the Commodore PET, was demonstrated at the winter Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.

Elvis Presley performed his final concert, in Indianapolis, Indiana’s Market Square Arena.

Roots begins its successful run on ABC and Walt Disney Productions’ 22nd feature film, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is released.

Life and Death

On August 16th, Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, died in his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans lined the streets of Memphis for his funeral which was televised days later. On October 20th, three members (Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and a backup singer) of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a charter plane crash. This came three days after the release of their fifth studio album “Street Survivors” and the plane had just recently been turned down by Led Zeppelin.

In Other News

Slim-Fast began selling in 1977 after initial hesitation by the FDA and really took off in 1979.

Nike’s “Just Do It” slogan was inspired by the last words of Gary Gilmore, said right before being executed by firing squad.

The deadliest crash in Aviation history occurred on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport in the Canary Islands. The crash took place between two Boeing 747s and left 583 people dead.

And, finally, the ‘Son of Sam’ serial killer, David Berkowitz, was captured. Berkowitz claimed that his neighbor’s dog, Sam, had control of him and told him to commit the murders.

A Gallery of 1977 Goodies

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