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1977 in the United Kingdom

1977 in the United Kingdom:
Other years
1975 | 1976 | 1977 (1977) | 1978 | 1979
Individual countries of the United Kingdom
England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales
Sport, Television and music

Events from the year 1977 in the United Kingdom. This is the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year.

Contents

  • Incumbents 1
  • Events 2
    • January 2.1
    • February 2.2
    • March 2.3
    • April 2.4
    • May 2.5
    • June 2.6
    • July 2.7
    • August 2.8
    • September 2.9
    • October 2.10
    • November 2.11
    • December 2.12
    • Undated 2.13
  • Publications 3
  • Births 4
  • Deaths 5
  • References 6
  • See also 7

Incumbents

Events

January

February

March

April

May

June

  • 6–9 June - Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate twenty-five years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, with a public holiday on 7 June.[13]
  • 17 June - Wimbledon F.C., champions of the Isthmian League, are elected to the Football League in place of Workington in the Fourth Division.[14]
  • 20 June
    • Anglia Television broadcasts the fake documentary "Alternative 3". It enters into the conspiracy theory canon.
    • Seventeen people are arrested during clashes between pickets and police at the Grunwick film processing laboratory.
  • 26 June – 16-year-old shop assistant Jayne McDonald is found battered and stabbed to death in Chapeltown, Leeds; police believe she is the fifth person to be murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper.[15]

July

August

September

  • September – Ford launches the second generation of its popular Granada top-of-the-range model.
  • 6 September – Car industry figures show that foreign cars are outselling British-built ones for the first time. Japanese built Datsuns, German Volkswagens and French Renaults are proving particularly popular with buyers, although British-built products from Ford, British Leyland, Vauxhall and Chrysler UK are still the most popular.
  • 16 September - Rock star Marc Bolan, pioneer of the glam rock movement at the start of the 1970s with T. Rex, is killed in a car crash in Barnes, London, two weeks before his 30th birthday. His girlfriend Gloria Jones, the driver of the car, is seriously injured.
  • 19 September – Manchester United, the English FA Cup holders, are expelled from the European Cup Winners' Cup after their fans rioted in France during a first round first leg game with AS Saint-Etienne (which ended in a 1-1 draw) five days ago.[27]
  • 26 September
    • Freddie Laker launches his new budget Skytrain airline, with the first single fare from Gatwick to New York costing £59 - compared to the normal price of £186.
    • UEFA reinstates Manchester United to the European Cup Winners' Cup on appeal. However, they are ordered to play their return leg against AS Saint-Etienne at least 120 miles away from their Old Trafford stadium.[28]

October

  • 3 October – Undertakers go on strike in London, leaving more than 800 corpses unburied.
  • 10 October – Missing 20-year-old prostitute Jean Jordan is found dead in Chorlton, Manchester, nine days after she was last seen alive. Police believe that the Yorkshire Ripper may have killed her; the first crime outside Yorkshire which the killer has been suspected of.[29]
  • 14 October – Fourteen people are injured in a bomb explosion at a London pub.
  • 25 October – Michael Edwardes succeeds Richard Dobson as chief of British Leyland.
  • 27 October
  • 28 October – Police in Yorkshire appeal for help in finding the Yorkshire Ripper, who is believed to be responsible for a series of murders and attacks on women across the county during the last two years.

November

December

  • 3 December – The England football team fails to achieve World Cup qualification for the second tournament in succession.
  • 10 December
  • 12 December
    • Chrysler Europe announces its new Horizon range of five-door front-wheel drive hatchbacks, which will be built in Britain as a Chrysler and France as a Simca. It will give buyers a more modern alternative to the Avenger range of rear-wheel drive saloons and estates.
    • Ron Greenwood signs a permanent contract as England manager, despite England's failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup. The appointment is controversial, as there had been widespread support for Brian Clough of Nottingham Forest to be appointed.[35]
  • 14 December – 25-year-old Leeds prostitute Marilyn Moore is injured in an attack believed to have been committed by the Yorkshire Ripper.[36]
  • 16 December – The Queen opens a £71million extension to the London Underground which runs to Heathrow Airport.[37]
  • 21 December – Four children die at a house fire in Wednesbury, West Midlands, as Green Goddess fire appliances crewed by hastily-trained troops are sent to deal with the blaze while firefighters are still on strike. 119 people have now died as a result of fires since the strike began, but this is the first fire during the strike which has resulted in more than two deaths.[38]
  • 22 December – The Queen's first grandchild is christened Peter Mark Andrew Phillips.[39]
  • 25 December – The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show on BBC 1 television attracts an audience of more than 28 million viewers, one of the highest ever in U.K. television history.[40][41][42][43][44][45]
  • 27 December – The much-acclaimed Star Wars film, which has been a massive hit in the United States, is screened in British cinemas for the first time.[46]

Undated

  • Inflation has fallen slightly this year to 15.8%, but it is the fourth successive year that has seen double digit inflation.[47]
  • Colour television licences exceed black and white licences for the first time in the U.K.

Publications

Births

Deaths

References

  1. ^ "1977: Jenkins quits Commons for Brussels". BBC News. 3 January 1977. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols". BBC News. 6 January 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b c http://www.expressandstar.com/days/1976-2000/1977.html
  5. ^ "1977: Government wins no confidence vote". BBC News. 23 March 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "1977: Hat trick for Red Rum". BBC News. 2 April 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
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  8. ^ Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006.  
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ [4]
  11. ^ [5]
  12. ^ [6]
  13. ^ "7 June 1977: Queen celebrates Silver Jubilee". On This Day (BBC). 7 June 1977. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  14. ^ [7]
  15. ^ [8]
  16. ^ "1977: Manchester United sack manager". BBC News. 4 July 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  17. ^ "Maureen Long". The Yorkshire Ripper. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "1977: Gay paper guilty of blasphemy". BBC News. 11 July 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "Donald George Revie OBE". England Football Online. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sexton joins United – in 30 seconds".  
  21. ^ "Chrysler Sunbeam: rushed supermini to champion rally car". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Finance Act 1977, section 56.
  23. ^ "1977: Tight security for Queen's Irish visit". BBC News. 10 August 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  24. ^ "Thirty years on from the first £1m transfer Sportsmail looks at the record-breakers". Daily Mail (London). 6 February 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  25. ^ MacKie, Lindsay (15 August 1977). "The real losers in Saturday's battle of Lewisham". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  26. ^ [9]
  27. ^ [10]
  28. ^ [11]
  29. ^ [12]
  30. ^ "1977: Liberal MP denies murder plot". BBC News. 27 October 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  31. ^ "1977: Firefighters strike over pay claim". BBC News. 14 November 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  32. ^ [13]
  33. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1977". Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  34. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1977". Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  35. ^ [14]
  36. ^ [15]
  37. ^ "1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow". BBC News. 16 December 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  38. ^ "Worst British Fire Tragedy". Times-Union (Warsaw, Indiana). 21 December 1977. p. 1. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  39. ^ [16]
  40. ^ The Guinness Book of Records.
  41. ^ "Eric and Ern – The Morecambe & Wise Show: Series 8". Morecambeandwise.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  42. ^ "Ernie Wise".  
  43. ^ Bushby, Helen (30 December 2010). "Victoria Wood tells all about Eric and Ernie". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  44. ^  
  45. ^ Moran, Joe (22 March 2011). "One nation Christmas television".  
  46. ^ "1977: Star Wars fever hits Britain". BBC News. 27 December 1977. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  47. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp99/rp99-020.pdf
  48. ^ Parsons, Nicholas (1985). The Book of Literary Lists. London: Sidgwick & Jackson.  

See also

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