" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 4, 2017

1977: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?

This is a follow up post to the post I wrote about 1967
1967: The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past?
But to me 1977 packed a much bigger pop-cultural punch than 1967 and not just because 'Rocky' took out the 'Best Picture' Oscar...which I think 'Network' deserved anyway.
"1977 (MCMLXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (dominical letter B) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1977th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 977th year of the 2nd millennium, the 77th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1970s decade."
November 10, 1977 – The Bee Gees release the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, which will go on to become the then best selling album of all time.
Chris Knowles wrote in his post 
The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past
that there are some significant anniversaries coming up this year and I think maybe the 40 year anniversaries take the cake.
And I'm not just talking about the boys who grew up in my backyard, either.
A Walk of Art and Synch in Redcliffe
February 4, 1977 Fleetwood Mac's Grammy-winning album Rumours is released in the United States.
1977 was a tragic year as far as airplane disasters went, with the worst ever aviation disaster taking place that year.
March 27, 1977Tenerife disaster: A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people.
January 15, 1977Linjeflyg Flight 618 crashes into the Kälvesta area of Stockholm, killing all 22 on board.
January 18th 1977 SFR Yugoslavia Prime minister Džemal Bijedić, his wife and 6 others are killed in a plane crash in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
April 4th, 1977 Southern Airways Flight 242 crashes on a highway in New Hope, Georgia, killing 72 people.
April 27, 1977 – The Guatemala City air disaster kills 28 people.
May 14th, 1977 The 1977 IAS Cargo Boeing 707 airplane crash in Lusaka, Zambia kills all 6 on board.
May 27, 1977 Elizabeth II opens the new Air Terminal Building at the Edinburgh Airport and on the same day the 1977 Aeroflot Ilyushin 62 airplane crash in Cuba kills 69 people.
October 1718, 1977German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm the hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; 3 of the 4 hijackers die.
October 20, 1977 – Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a charter plane crash outside Gillsburg, Mississippi, 3 days after the release of their fifth studio album Street Survivors.
November 19th, 1977 TAP Portugal Flight 425 crashes at Madeira Airport, Funchal, Portugal, killing 131 and leaving 33 survivors.
November 22, 1977 British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service
December 4th, 1977 Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is hijacked and crashes in Tanjung Kupang, Johor, Malaysia, killing all 100 passengers and crew on board.
December 13 1977– a chartered Douglas DC-3 aircraft carrying the University of Evansville basketball team to Nashville, Tennessee, crashes in rain and dense fog about 90 seconds after takeoff from Evansville Regional Airport; 29 people die in the crash, including 14 members of the team and head coach Bob Watson.
December 18, 1977SA de Transport Aérien Flight 730, an international charter service from Zurich to Funchal Airport (Madeira), hits the sea during a landing attempt. Many of the 36 who die drown, trapped inside the sinking aircraft. Twenty-one people survive with the help of rescuers and by swimming to the shore.
But it wasn't just a bad year for airplane disasters, as Australia suffered it's worst railway disaster, too.
January 18th, 1977 Australia's worst railway disaster at Granville, near Sydney, leaves 83 people dead.
Granville: Mixed response as NSW Government apologises for Australia's worst train disaster
Plus there were some other natural and man-made disasters, as well.
March 4, 1977 – The 1977 Vrancea earthquake in the Vrancea Mountains of Romania kills 1,500.
May 1, 1977 – The Taksim Square massacre in Istanbul results in 34 deaths, hundreds of injuries.
May 28, 1977 – The Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, is engulfed in fire; 165 are killed inside.
June 25th 1977 American Roy Sullivan is struck by lightning for the seventh time.
July 1920, 1977 – Flooding in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, caused by massive rainfall, kills over 75 people and causes billions in damage.
August 10, 1977 David Berkowitz is captured in Yonkers, New York, after over a year of murders in New York City as the Son of Sam.
November 2, 1977 – The worst storm in Athens' modern history causes havoc across the Greek capital and kills 38 people.
November 6, 1977 – The Kelly Barnes Dam, located above Toccoa Falls Bible College near Toccoa, Georgia fails, killing 39.
December 22, 1977 – A grain elevator explodes in Westwego, Louisiana, killing 36.
No wonder 'Stayin' Alive' was a hit in 77.
But there were also things happening in 1977 that would really effect society more than disco, or punk rock.
January, 1977 – The world's first all-in-one home computer (keyboard/screen/tape storage), the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.
January 3, 1977Apple Computer is incorporated.

January 9, 1977 – Legendary rock band Toto is founded by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.
And forget the rains down in Africa, because...
January 19th, 1977 Snow falls in Miami (despite its ordinarily tropical climate) for the only time in its history. Snowfall has occurred farther south in the United States only on the high mountains of the state of Hawaii.
January 20, 1977Jimmy Carter is sworn in as President of the United States.
January 23, 1977Roots begins its phenomenally successful run on ABC.
January 28, 1977 – The Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 hits Buffalo, New York, and the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario.
January 31, 1977 – The Centre Georges Pompidou is officially opened by French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
February 7th, 1977 London's newly revived International Times proclaims for the first time that "punk is dead".
February 18, 1977 American Space Shuttle program: First test flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise mated to the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
February 23, 1977 Óscar Romero becomes Archbishop of San Salvador.
March 10, 1977 – The rings of Uranus are discovered. :-)
April 2, 1977 Horse racing: Red Rum wins a record third Grand National at Aintree Racecourse.
The Shining turns 40 in 2[0]17, as Does PSY
April 5, 1977 – Beginning of demonstrations in 10 cities across the U.S., the longest being the 3.5 week sit-in the San Francisco Federal Building to persuade President Jimmy Carter to implement the first Federal civil rights law for people with disabilities, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, without reinstituting the "separate but equal" doctrine.
April 8, 1977 The punk band The Clash's debut album The Clash is released in the UK on CBS Records.
April 21, 1977 – Residents of Dover, Massachusetts report sightings of an eerie monster.
April 22, 1977Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.
April 30th, 1977 Led Zeppelin sets a new world record attendance for an indoor solo attraction at the Pontiac Silverdome when 76,229 persons attend a concert here on the group's
1977 North American Tour.
"May 1977 is a live album by the rock band the Grateful Dead.
It contains five complete concerts, on 14 CDs.
It was recorded at five consecutive shows, from May 11–17, 1977.
Packaged as a box set, it includes a booklet with a historical essay and photos from the concerts, along with individual liner notes for each show.
Produced as a limited edition of 15,000 numbered copies, it was released on June 11, 2013."
The first track on the first CD of 'May 1977' is "Promised Land" a Chuck Berry cover.
And track 7 on the third CD is a cover of Johnny B. Goode" (Berry).
And we know Chuck passed away in 2017the 40th anniversary of this album's recording.
May 17th, 1977 Elizabeth II commences her 1977 Silver Jubilee tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
Chuck E. Cheese animatronic
May 17th, 1977 Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre first opens in San Jose, California.
May 25, 1977George Lucas's Star Wars opens in cinemas and later becomes the historic highest-grossing film for that time. It also makes sci-fi films very popular.
May 26, 1977 George Willig climbs the South Tower of the World Trade Center."
George Willig (born June 11, 1949) (a.k.a. "The Human Fly" or "The Spiderman") is a mountain-climber from Queens, New York, United States, who climbed the South Tower (2 WTC) of the World Trade Center on May 26, 1977, about 2½ years after tightrope walker Philippe Petit walked between the tops of the two towers."
George Willig Climbs the World Trade Center - Channel 2 & 4 News Stories
King Kong 1977

May 27th, 1977 Space Mountain opens at Disneyland and to this day remains as one of the park's most popular attractions.
Space mountain from 1977?!
May 29, 1977Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt becomes the first driver to win the race 4 times.
June 5th, 1977 The Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 109–107 to win the National Basketball Association finals four games to two.
June 69 1977Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate 25 years of Elizabeth II's reign.
June 7, 1977 – After campaigning by Anita Bryant and her anti-gay "Save Our Children" crusade, Miami-Dade County, Florida voters overwhelmingly vote to repeal the county's "gay rights" ordinance.
Interestingly, Anita Bryant is 77 years old in 2017.
June 10, 1977 The first Apple II series computers go on sale.

June 12, 1977The Supremes perform their final concert together at Drury Lane in London, England and then disband permanently.
June 16, 1977 – The Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates.
June 20th , 1977 Anglia Television broadcasts the fake documentary Alternative 3, which enters into the conspiracy theory canon.
"World ecological collapse; the next ice-age has already begun!
Lucky for us, governments know what to do.
Unfortunately it's a conspiracy to end all conspiracies.
Vanishing scientists, dubious space missions, and a freak accident which kills the courier of a tape containing a secret radio message from an unmanned Mars probe - holds the key."
Released 1977
June 21, 1977Bülent Ecevit, of CHP forms the new government of Turkey (40th government since the founding of the Turkish republic, but fails to receive the vote of confidence).
June 26, 1977 Elvis Presley holds his last concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
July 1st, 1977 WimbledonVirginia Wade wins women's singles title in centenary year of the tournament – It was Wade's first and only Wimbledon title, third and final Grand Slam title overall. Wade remains the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon.
July 5 1977 – General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrows Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
T-shirts commemorating the blackout were sold on the streets in the summer of 1977
July 13th, 1977 The New York City blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours, resulting in looting and other disorder.
July 27, 1977 – The Soviet Politburo orders Boris Yeltsin to demolish the Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family were shot in 1918. Yeltsin eventually calls this a barbarian act.
August 3, 1977 United States Senate hearings on Project MKUltra are held.
August 12, 1977 – The NASA Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, makes its first test free-flight from the back of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
August 15, 1977 The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the Wow! signal for a notation made by a volunteer on the project.
August 16, 1977 Elvis Presley, the "king of rock and roll", dies in his home in Graceland at age 42.
August 19, 1977Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86.
Voyager Golden Record
August 20, 1977 Voyager program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

September 3 , 1977 – The Commodore PET computer is first sold.
September 5. 1977 Voyager program: Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay.
September 8, 1977 Interpol issues a resolution against the copyright infringement of video tapes and other material, which is still cited in warnings on opening pre-credits of videocassettes and DVDs.
Interpol headquarters in Lyon.
I find it ironic that Lyon, France is where the Interpol headquarters are and that Lyon is basically the home of where modern motion pictures started.
The Lumière (pronounced: [lymjɛːʁ]) brothers, Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas [oɡyst maʁi lwi nikɔla] (19 October 1862, Besançon, France -- 10 April 1954, Lyon) and Louis Jean [lwi ʒɑ̃] (5 October 1864, Besançon, France -- 6 June 1948, Bandol), were the earliest filmmakers in history. (Appropriately, "lumière" translates as "light" in English.)
September 10, 1977Hamida Djandoubi's is the last guillotine execution in France.
September 11, 1977Atari, Inc. releases its Video Computer System in North America.
September 12, 1977 – South African activist Steve Biko dies after suffering a massive head injury in police custody in Pretoria.
September 16, 1977Glam rock pioneer Marc Bolan dies in a car crash in Barnes, London.
September 18, 1977 Courageous (U.S.), skippered by Ted Turner, sweeps the Australian challenger Australia in the 24th America's Cup yacht race.
September 19th, 1977 North Korean agents abduct Yutaka Kume from Noto Peninsula starting the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens.
The Petrozavodsk phenomenon
September 20, 1977 – The Petrozavodsk phenomenon is observed in the Soviet Union and some northern European countries.
September 23, 1977 – Jazz-rock group Steely Dan releases their sixth studio album Aja; it becomes their highest charting album in the United States at No. 3 and goes on to sell over 5 million copies.
September 29, 1977 Singer-songwriter Billy Joel releases his fifth studio album The Stranger; it becomes the first of several hit albums, spawning five hit singles, going 10x platinum in the US, and later ranking at No. 70 on the list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

September 29, 1977 The modern Food Stamp Program begins when the Food Stamp Act of 1977 is enacted.
Pelé plays his final professional football game as a member of the New York Cosmos.
October 14th, 1977 American singer and actor Bing Crosby, one of the most popular, far-reaching and influential entertainers of all time, dies after finishing 18 holes at La Moraleja Gold Course in Spain.

October 18th, 1977 Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, opens the third session of the 30th Canadian Parliament and Reggie Jackson blasts 3 home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Flag of the World Health Organization
October 26, 1977 The last natural smallpox case is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination and, by extension, of modern science.
October 27, 1977 – British punk band Sex Pistols release Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols on the Virgin Records label. Despite refusal by major retailers in the UK to stock it, it debuts at number one on the UK Album Charts the week after its release.
October 28, 1977 Hong Kong police forces attack the ICAC headquarters and British rock band Queen release the album News of the World.
November 8, 1977 Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon at Vergina and San Francisco elects City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official of any large city in the U.S.
November 19, 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to make an official visit to Israel, when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

November 28, 1977Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp records "On Green Dolphin Street", the first digitally recorded album to be released commercially in the USA.
November 30, 1977 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is founded as a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Underside view of Have Blue
December 1, 1977 Lockheed's top-secret stealth aircraft project, designated Have Blue and precursor to the U.S. Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, makes its first flight.
December 16, 1977 Mikhail Baryshnikov's 1976 production of Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet The Nutcracker comes to CBS a year after premiering onstage at the Kennedy Center. This adaptation will become the most popular television production of the work and the movie Saturday Night Fever is released in theaters becoming the biggest dancing movie of all time and launches the career of its star John Travolta and the Bee Gees who performed many songs on its soundtrack to superstardom.
Charlie Chaplin
December 25th, 1977 Charlie Chaplin died at home after suffering a stroke in his sleep.
He was 88 years old.
Released 1977
1977 was an interesting year and a kind of turning point even more so than 1967 in my book.
Released 1977

Released 1977
And who can forget that CB radio craze in the 70s, good buddy?-)
Released 1977
Released 1977
1977 was the year Peter Weir released one of my favorite all time movies, 'The Last Wave', too. 
It certainly was an interesting year and who knows what seed was planted in 1977?-)
Released 1977
Don't forget that Kanye West, Psy and Donald Trump Jr were born in 1977;-)

UPDATE: May 6th, 2017
US rapper Kanye West disappears from social media
"US rap star Kanye West appears to have deleted his Twitter and Instagram social media accounts, which had tens of millions of followers.
The reasons why were unclear but last November he ended a tour early.
He had accused fellow rapper Jay-Z of trying to kill him and walked off stage after announcing he would vote for Donald Trump.
His wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, remains on Twitter and has 51m followers.

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