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1977 is considered a momentous year in the field of technology and science.

This year, Tom Brady, Chris Martin, John Mayer, and many other great people were born. The most interesting thing about 1977 was that the first-ever personal computer was launched.

The launching of personal computers changed the world of computers forever. 1977 was a special year for science as well. Many great inventions were introduced this year. This is also the year when airplane celebrity death occurred when a rock band's three members died in a plane crash. The group was Lynyrd Skynyrd. French was accepted as an official language in the city of Quebec, Canada, this year.

Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 were a professional baseball franchise based in Los Angeles, California. The team was a member of the National League Western Division. The club finished the season with a winning record of 93–69 (.574). They moved to the city of LA before the 1958 season. The Dodgers played in Brooklyn, New York, from 1884 - 1957.

There was a Saturday Night fever in the '70s. The Elvis' NBC Ban, from the show, was famous. Elvis did many things in his life that was both controversial and sometimes even considered blasphemous. But none of them were such big a deal as what happened in 1977. The Elvis and Steve Martin (Who is also famous for Two Wild and Crazy Guys)-NBC controversy of Saturday Night Live 1977 is one of the most well-known and oft-discussed events in Elvis history. 

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Computer Language Development

An Ancient Egyptian test-based pregnancy test hit the US markets in 1977. The New York City blackout of 25 hours happened in July 1977 and led to a lot of looting. This was the same year when Portland Trail Blazers won the NBA finals. The Three's Company named Sitcom first aired on March 15, 1977. The Three's Company was top-rated in the late '70s and early '80s. This was also the year when Harrison Ford gained fame through Star Wars. Hans Solo from Star Wars, played by Harrison Ford, quickly became popular, and everyone fell in love with the character.

1977 was a year that saw an increase in computer development. The number of computers produced increased by 300%. The number of programs and software packages being released increased by 100%. Memory capacity increased by 120%. In 1977, there were two types of computers. One was mini computers, and another one was a microcomputer. At that time, minicomputers were used in large organizations. These types of computers were costly than an ordinary man could not afford.

On the other hand, microcomputers were very cheap and could be easily purchased by a common man. In 1977, many people used a micro-computer. It was very easy to operate. I used its word processing software.

In 1977, people had a very limited amount of computer languages to work with. In fact, most of them were created in the '50s. As a matter of fact, there existed only a hand full of different computer languages. The most popular language of that time was Fortran. It's an acronym for FORmula TRANslation, and it was used for scientific and business uses. It was developed in 1957 by an IBM team that consisted of John Backus, Peter Naur, and others. Fortran was a very structured language, and it used a unique code to represent mathematical functions and data. It was created to be used by programmers, mathematicians, and scientists. At the same time, Fortran was the first high-level programming language. It could deal with symbolic expressions and numeric computations. For example, one of the very first codes written in Fortran was to compute the square root of a number. The code was written by a mathematician named John Nash. By the way, this is the same John Nash who went on to write 'A Beautiful Mind'.

Audrey Flack: American Painter And Sculptor

On August 15, 1977, an interesting radio transmission happened. An unexplained signal named The Wow! was received at the Big Ear Radio Telescope located in Ohio by scientists searching for extraterrestrial existence in outer space and made American history. In a rocking chair marathon, Maureen Weston made a Guinness World Record of 449 hours in the UK. A dollar in 1977 had a purchasing power of almost 4.56 dollars today. A TV cost around 191 dollars while a normal car cost around 15,000 dollars. Milk cost around 83 cents in the US in 1977. The 1977 Turkey was different than the visible 'now' Turkey. There was a high economic and political crisis, and no one can forget the Taksim Square massacre on the leftist party the same year. The then Egyptian President took a step forward towards peace on November 19, 1977, and made a visit to Israel. In December 1977, an Indiana flight carrying a basketball team from the University of Evansville crashed, leading to unfortunate 29 deaths. A space shuttle named Enterprise also took its first test flight in 1977.

In 1960, Audrey Flack arrived in New York with a suitcase and $50. As a graphic designer, she began working for Time-Life and Esquire magazines while attending the Art Students League and the Cooper Union. She saw the work of Jackson Pollock at a party and became captivated by the painting's spontaneity. After working as a graphic designer, Flack decided to become a full-time artist. She began teaching at the School of Visual Arts and at the Brooklyn Museum. In 1973, Flack was given a solo exhibition in New York at the Museum of Modern Art.

Audrey Flack is an American painter who is known for her works in modernist styles and aesthetics. Her early works were a mixture of cubism, expressionism, and symbolism. She is famous for her works like the Vanitas series. Vanitas is a Latin word that means vanity or transitory nature. Vanitas was a type of symbolic still life in Dutch Golden Age painting and is most commonly associated with Dutch artist Jan Van Eyck. Flack's series of paintings, Vanitas, is a collection of artworks of flowers, fruit, and vegetables. Her interest in still life painting started in her childhood when she saw her mother painting landscapes. She was influenced by such artists as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Pierre Bonnard. In the late '40s, Flack began to paint in the style of abstract expressionism. Her World War II painting from Vanitas from 1977 became very popular.

In 1977, the most notable aviation history events included the deaths of Tom D. Crouch, Robert D. Cushman, and J. Gordon Leishman. The Thunderbolt II, the first flight of the A-10, took place. The first flight of the Aérospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation Concorde 001 took place. The first flight of the Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante took place. The first flight of the Fairchild F-27J Ranger took place. The first flight of the Fokker F28 Fellowship took place. The first flight of the Mitsubishi MU-2 took place. The first flight of the Sikorsky S-76B took place. The first flight of the Vought A-7E Corsair II took place.


Punk rock standards were set by the Guns 'N Roses, whose new ep Hard Skool was released in September 2021 but was recorded in 1977, the Chinese Democracy era. In the United States, new wave artists were gaining popularity. One group was the Police, a trio formed in London that was known for its music and unique style. Another popular music band of the '70s was the Sunshine band, a group that had a unique sound and sometimes whimsical lyrics. Glen Campbell's 32nd album named Southern Nights also made it to the charts in 1977. 'Don't Give Up on Us', a song by David Soul, reached number one in both the US and UK. Led Zeppelin played his famous songs in three different parts of the US during his North American Tour of 1977. This tour was also famous as it was divided into three parts, each being called a North American leg. The final concert of this tour happened in Cincinnati on April 19, 1977. In 2021, Led Zeppelin's intimate fall tour is to be expected.

The 1977 Eurocommunist manifesto, signed by the leaders of the Italian, French, Spanish, and Greek Communist parties, laid the foundations for a new form of Eurocommunist socialism. It was the first time in history that the word 'Eurocommunism' was used. Although the term 'Eurocommunism' originated in the French Third Republic, the ideology became a political force when the Spanish transition happened to democracy in the late '70s. In a meeting in Madrid in 1977, the leaders of the PCI, PCE, and PCF introduced fundamental lines of a new way, which would lead to the signing in 1979 of the Santiago Agreement, a joint political program between the PCI and the PCE. At a later stage, the PCF would also sign up. Eurocommunism was highly critical of the Soviet Union and its institutions, but it also criticized liberalism and bourgeois democracy. Commonly, a Eurocommunist was critical of the Soviet Union, saying that it had become new imperialism, but at the same time was also critical of American imperialism and Western capitalism.

The term Eurocommunism was used for the first time in 'Le Débat,' the journal produced under the direction of Jean-François Lyotard, of the École normale supérieure, and it has nothing to do with the PCI. The term Euro-communism was used in Le Monde on April 16, 1967, in an article by Franz-Olivier Giesbert to designate the position of the PCF and its allies during the May-June events in France, as opposed to the positions defended by the PCF in 1956 and the French Communist Party in 1968. The term 'Eurocommunist' was used again in Le Monde on February 6, 1968, by the same author to designate the Italian Communist Party and other European communist parties. They, like the PCF, had adopted a more conciliatory attitude towards Socialism and Democracy than the Communist Parties of the East. The term was used for the first time in Italy on July 29, 1968, by Luigi Longo in an interview with 'L'Unità' to qualify the line taken by the leadership of the Communist Party of Italy.

Star Wars: Episode IV as named Star Wars: A New Hope released in 1977.

Rod Laver: Australian Tennis Player

The pop-culture history of 1977 is full of fantastic movies and popular music albums. Like Star wars episode IV hit the box office in 1977 and hit the New York City Square billboards. Star Wars toys became famous all over the world, especially in New York City. There were back-to-back shows of 'Star Wars Episode IV'. 'Hotel California', a song in the fifth album by Eagles, made it to the top songs of 1977. The Debut Album of Eagles was named 'Eagles'. 'Hotel California' and 'Star Wars Episode IV', which are a very prominent part of pop culture history, are often mentioned in trivia and fun facts of the year 1977.

In 1962 and 1969, Rod Laver won two Grand Slams. But arguably, his most significant contribution to tennis was popularising the two-handed backhand. Laver was the first player to use a two-handed backhand in a time when nearly all of his competitors used a one-handed slice. By using a two-handed backhand, Laver could hit more powerful shots, more easily neutralize the slice, and more effectively volley. He was the very first tennis player to win all four grand slam titles in one calendar year and is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, on August 9, 1938. He was said to be the best in the game, winning the Grand Slam in 1962, and the best player not to win a Grand Slam because he was prevented from playing in the French Open during his prime years. His professional tennis career spanned from 1959 to 1977. The great Australian player retired in 1977.

David Berkowitz, or the Son of Sam, is an infamous serial killer who terrorized New York City in the '70s. He killed six people. He also wounded seven other people with a .44 caliber revolver. He blamed all his murders on his neighbor's dog and later in 1977 confessed to the crimes, and he was then sentenced to 365 years in prison. The very famous battle of Massawa took place from 1977 - 1978. The Apple ii computers also went on sale on June 5, 1977. On July 11, 1977, Martin Luther King Jr was given a posthumous medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter, who swore as the 19th President of the US in January the same year.

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