News and Events of 1977

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.230 billion
population by decade

Nobel Peace Prize:
Amnesty International

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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President: Walter F. Mondale
Population: 220,239,425
Life expectancy: 73.3 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.8
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 46.0

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Economics

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $2,026.90 billion
Federal spending:   $409.22 billion
Federal debt:   $706.4 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
$13,572
Consumer Price Index:   60.6
Unemployment:   7.1%
Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.13


Sports

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)

Entertainment

Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Music: Visions of Terror and Wonder, Richard Wernick
Drama: The Shadow Box, Michael Cristofer

Oscars awarded in 1977
Academy Award, Best Picture: Rocky, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, producers (United Artists)

Nobel Prize for Literature: Vicente Aleixandre (Spain)

1977 Emmy Awards

1977 Tony Awards

Grammys awarded in 1977
Record of the Year: "This Masquerade," George Benson
Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)
Song of the Year: "I Write the Songs," Bruce Johnston, songwriter

Miss America: Dorothy Kathleen Benham (MN)

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Events

  • 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

Music

  • Various artists, Saturday Night Fever soundtrack

Books

Science

Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Ilya Prigogine (Belgium), for contributions to nonequilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures

Physics: Philip W. Anderson, John H. Van Vleck (both US), and Nevill F. Mott (UK), for work underlying computer memories and electronic devices

Physiology or Medicine: Rosalyn S. Yalow, Roger C. L. Guillemin, and Andrew V. Schally (all US), for research in role of hormones in chemistry of the body

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