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1977 was the 106th year after the founding of the city of Birmingham.












See also: List of Birmingham homicides in 1977


In 1977 Apple Computer was incorporated. President Ford pardoned Tokyo Rose before he was succeeded by Jimmy Carter. Snow fell in Miami, Florida for the only time in recorded history. Roots aired on ABC. The New Zealand and Australian parliaments were established. The Toronto Blue Jays debuted. Star Wars opened in cinemas. James Earl Ray briefly escaped prison in Tennessee. Spain held its first democratic elections in decades. New York City experienced a 25-hour blackout. The Yankees won the World Series, helped by Reggie Jackson's 3 home runs in the final game. Three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a plane crash. Ram Jam scored a hit with their remake of Leadbelly's "Black Betty"

Notable 1977 births include actors Dustin Diamond, Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler; athletes Tom Brady and Randy Moss; rappers Ludacris and Kanye West; and singer Fiona Apple. Deaths in 1977 included those of Anaïs Nin, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho and Gummo Marx, Wernher von Braun, Vladimir Nabakov, Elvis Presley, Leopold Stokowski, Maria Callas, and Bing Crosby.

Top-grossing films were Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Rescuers, Saturday Night Fever, The Goodbye Girl, Oh, God!, The Deep, Smokey and the Bandit, The Spy Who Loved Me and Semi-Tough. Annie Hall swept the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.

Hit singles included the Eagles' "Hotel California", Donna Summer's "I Feel Love", Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night", and Mannfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light". Eight is Enough, CHiPs and The Love Boat premiered on network television.

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