Friday, April 27, 2007

Ode to Thirty - Part Two

(I had to look these up on the internet since I wasn't around that year. My personal favorite is at the end.)

More events from 1977:

  • Super Bowl: Oakland d. Minnesota (32-14)
  • World Series: NY Yankees d. LA Dodgers (4-2)
  • NBA Championship: Portland d. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)
  • Stanley Cup: Montreal d. Boston (4-0)
  • Wimbledon: Women: Virginia Wade d. B. Stove (4-6 6-3 6-1)Men: Bjorn Borg d. J. Connors (3-6 6-2 6-1 5-7 6-4)
  • Kentucky Derby Champion: Seattle Slew
  • NCAA Basketball Championship: Marquette d. North Carolina (67-59)
  • NCAA Football Champions: Notre Dame (11-1-0)
  • The TV miniseries Roots draws an audience of 130 million.
  • Star Wars hits theaters--for the first time--and will go on to be the second highest-grossing film of all time.
  • Saturday Night Fever sparks the disco inferno and the popularity of movie soundtracks.
  • Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his Memphis, Tenn. home. He was 42.
  • Movies: Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Julia
  • The neutron bomb is developed. Background: nuclear weapons
  • Lasers are first used to initiate a fusion reaction.
  • Deaths: Charles Chaplin, Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx, Vladimir Nabokov, Elvis Presley
  • In the Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight win Best Actor and Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Network.
  • Rocky picks up an Academy Award for Best Picture and All the President's Men wins
  • Jason Robards the Supporting Actor and an Art Direction for George Jenkins and George Gaines.
  • Walt Disney releases The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a compilation of three animated shorts.
  • Star Wars opens in theaters and becomes the highest grossing movie to date. The film revolutionizes the use of special effects in film and television production, and also popularizes the notion of omitting any sort of opening credits sequence, something that would become commonplace in American cinema by the mid-1990s. In 1977, however, it attracted heavy criticism and director George Lucas ultimately resigned from several film production guilds over his decision.
  • The average price of a movie ticket in the United States is about $2.25
  • Walt Disney Pictures releases The Rescuers, which instantly brought back an interest in animation that had been lost to both film-goers and critics throughout the beginning of the '70s.
  • Jonathan was born.

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