Scenes From '77
A look back at some of the biggest news stories of 1977
Feb. 01, 2017
Take a trip in the wayback machine and check out some of the biggest news stories from 1977.
Scenes From '77
Jimmy Carter, U.S. President 1977-81
Georgia-born Democrat Jimmy Carter became the 39th President of the United States on January 20, 1977. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with the Carter Center.
Mayor William Hudnut III
The late William H. Hudnut, III became Mayor of Indianapolis in 1976. He served as Indy's mayor until 1992, when he was suceeded by Stephen Goldsmith. Mayor Hudnut passed away in December of 2016.
Indy-Area Chevy Dealership Ad, Feb. 5, 1977
An ad from an Indianapolis-area Chevy dealer touting 600 new 1977 cars and trucks in stock. One car available from this dealership: the Chevroelt Caprice ,which would go on to become the year's best-selling car.
A&P Grocery Ad, February 1977
A 39-cent box of chicken? Sign us up!
Bonanza Restaurant Ad, Valentine's Day 1977...
"Treat Your Favorite Valentine for Valentine Day" with this sweetheart of a special at Bonanza Steakhouse. Treat your loved one to a t-bone or top-sirloin dinner, with baked potato and salad bar, for only $5.00! What a deal!
TV Guide for Feb. 5-11, 1977
Walters joined ABC News in 1976, and by early 1977, critics were already wondering how long the Walters-ABC relationship would last. They were wrong to worry--Walters entered "semi-retimerent" in 2004, but remains a part-time contributor with ABC.
Top Shows on Tuesdays in '77...
While the Tony Kiritsis crisis was unfolding, millions of Americans were tuning into the top shows of Tuesday night--which just happened to be the top shows of the year: "Happy Days" at 8, "Laverne & Shirley" at 8:30, and "Three's Company" at 9.
ROOTS: The Miniseries
The miniseries based on Alex Haley's best-selling novel, "Roots", first aired from January 23 - January 30, 1977 and watched by as many as 140 million people. The series became a cultural touchstone and took home 9 Primetime Emmy Awards.
#1 at the Box Office on Feb. 8, 1977: Rocky
The number one film for the week of February 5, 1977 was "Rocky", Sylvester Stallone's directorial debut. The film was released in early December 1976, but would hold on to #1 at the box office from January 23 until March 13. The top-grossing film for all of 1977 was a film set long ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
The Eagles' "Hotel California" was Billboard's #1 album for the week of February 5, 1977. It would get knocked from the top of the heap by Barbara Streisand's soundtrack from "A Star is Born" . Songs from both albums, and singles from the year's top album, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours", got heavy rotation on WIBC, which was a music station in 1977.
#1 Single for Week of Feb. 5, 1977
The #1 single for the weeks of February 5 and February 12, 1977 was songstress Mary MacGregor's single "Torn Between Two Lovers". The song was knocked from the number-one spot on February 19 by "Blinded by the Light" from Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
A.J. Foyt Wins 4th Indy 500
On May 29, 1977, Texas native A.J. Foyt became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. Two other drivers, Al Unser and Rick Mears, have tied Foyt's record, but no one has bested it.
Elvis' Last Concert: June 26, 1977...
Fans gathered at Market Square Arena on June 26, 1977 for what would be Elvis Presley's last concert. "The King" would be dead less than two months later of a heart attack at Graceland. Among the songs Elvis performed that night: "Jailhouse Rock", "Hound Dog", and "Can't Help Falling in Love With You".
July 1977: "Save The Pacers" Telethon...
One year after joining the NBA, the Indiana Pacers were in a bad financial situation. In June, team owners said they would have to sell 8,000 season tickets to keep the franchise in Indy. The solution? A 16 1/2-hour telethon. Ten minutes before the end of the telethon, ticket sales topped 8,000 and the Pacers were saved.
Aug. 30, 1977: Indy Police Protest
Members of the Indianapolis Police Department drove their take-home police cars downtown, left on the lights and sirens, and locked the keys inside their cars in protest of Mayor Hudnut's proposal to stop allowing officers to take their cars home.
Voyager 1 and 2 were identical space probes launched by NASA in August and September 1977. On board both probes is a "golden record" featuring photos, scientific info, spoken greetings and a "Sounds of Earth" playlist in the event that either spacecraft is found by intelligent life. Both probes are now exploring deep space.