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1977

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U.S. Facts

  • President: James Earl Carter, Jr.
  • Population: 220,239,425
  • Life Expectancy: 73.3 years
  • Unemployment: 7.1%
  • Average Annual Salary: $18,264
  • Minimum Wage: $2.30 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $5,814
  • Gasoline: $0.64 cents per gallon
  • House: $54,200
  • Bread: $0.32 cents per loaf
  • Milk: $1.44 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.13

Major U.S. Events

  • President Carter pardons Vietnam war draft evaders
  • US President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy
  • The Supreme Court of the United States rules that states are not required to spend Medicaid funds on elective abortions

Major World Events

  • Nuclear-proliferation pact, curbing spread of nuclear weapons, is signed by 15 countries, including US and USSR
  • Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate twenty-five years of Elizabeth II's reign

January-March

  • First woman Episcopal priest ordained
  • President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (aka "Tokyo Rose")

April-July

  • Some 200,000 Homosexuals march through the streets of San Francisco, protesting Anita Bryant's homophobia & Robert Hillsborough's murder
  • The New York City Blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours & results in looting and other disorder
  • First oil through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System reaches Valdez, Alaska

August-December

  • The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft
  • Treaties between Panama & the U.S. on the status of the Panama Canal are signed

Top Songs

  • You Light Up my Life by Debbie Boone
  • Got To Give it Up by Marvin Gaye
  • Car Wash by Rose Royce
  • Dancing Queen by Abba
  • Brick House by The Commodores

Other New Songs

  • We Will Rock You by Queen
  • Moondance by Van Morrison
  • Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac
  • Don't Leave Me this Way by Thelma Houston
  • You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer

Top Movies

  • Annie Hall
  • The Goodbye Girl
  • Julia
  • Star Wars
  • Saturday Night Fever

Top Books

  • The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carre
  • Oliver's Story by Erich Segul
  • How to Save Your Own Life by Erica Jong

Top TV Shows (1977-78)

  • Happy Days
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • M*A*S*H
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Three's Company
  • Baretta

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • New York Yankees d. Los Angeles Dodgers

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Oakland Raiders d. Minnesota Vikings

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d. Boston Bruins

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • Portland Trail Blazers d. Philadelphia 76ers

NCAA Champions

  • Football: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Basketball: Marquette Golden Eagles

Other Champions

  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Tom Watson is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Seattle Slew wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: A.J. Foyt wins Indianapolis 500
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