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This year in History: Born in 1977 and fun news items.

This year in History

The year 1977

Events:

October 1   Brazilian soccer star Pele retires.

October 18   Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive home runs in a baseball game.

October 26   The last known natural case of the disease smallpox occurs. It has since been considered eradicated.

November 15   Close Encounters of the Third Kind opens in theaters.

November 19   Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel,

March 10   Astronomers discover rings around Uranus.

May 25   The movie Star Wars is released.

May 29   Janet Guthrie becomes the first woman to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

June 5   The Apple II, one of the first useful PCs, goes on sale.

June 11   Seattle Slew wins Racing's Triple Crown

June 26   Elvis Presley gives his last concert.

July 13   The New York City Blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours

August 16   Elvis Presley dies at the age of 42.

August 23   First man-powered flight of at least 1 mile.

Famous Birthdays:

January 13   Orlando Bloom (Actor)

January 28   Joey Fatone Jr. (Singer NSYNC)

February 2   Shakira (Singer)

February 13   Randy Moss (Football Player)

March 8   James Van Der Beek (Actor)

March 10   Shannon Miller (Gymnast)

April 14   Sarah Michelle Gellar (Actress)

April 26   Jason Earls (Actor - Hannah Montana)

May 10   Amanda Borden (Gymnast)

May 21   Ricky Williams (Football Player)

June 8   Kanye West (Rapper)

July 1   Liv Tyler (Actress)

July 26   Rebecca St. James (Singer)

July 30   Jaime Pressly (Actress)

August 2   Edward Furlong (Actor from Terminator 2)

August 3   Tom Brady (Football Player)

August 29   Roy Oswalt (Baseball player)

September 11   Ludacris (Rapper)

September 13   Fionna Apple (Singer)

October 12   Bode Miller (Olympic Skier)

October 16   John Mayer (Musician)

October 26   John Heder (Actor - Napolean Dynamite)

November 10   Brittany Murphy (Actress)

November 16   Maggie Gyllnehaal (Actress)

November 16   Oksana Baiul (Figure Skater)

November 19   Kerri Strug (Olympic gymnast)

November 20   Josh Turner (Country singer)

December 8   Ryan Newman (Nascar Driver)

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