Memory Lane: 1977

Star WarsThe first Apple Computer goes on sale.

Quebec adopts French as the official language.

Jimmy Carter is elected as the President of United States.

The first oil flows through the Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline.

The precursor to the GPS system in use today is started by US Department of defense.

Elvis Presley dies from a heart attack at age 42.

In The News

Star Wars opens in cinemas

TV mini-series “Roots” is aired

First commercial flight of the Concord

NASA space shuttle first test flight

World Trade Center completed

UK Jubilee celebrations

Roman Polanski is arrested and charged

Alaskan Oil Pipeline completed

New York City blackout lasts for 25 hours


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 280,163
  • NC: 5,686,000
  • USA: 220,200,000

National Debt:

  • $698,840,000,000 (1977)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar$1 in 1977 is $4.03 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1977:

  • Yearly inflation rate: 6.5%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 831
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve: 7.75%
  • Average cost of new house: $49,300
  • Average income per year: $15,000
  • Average monthly rent: $240
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.65
  • Bikini: $9.00
  • Wrist Worn AM Radio: $7.95
  • 5 inch Portable TV: $147.00
  • New stereo system: $247.95
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.30
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Admission and 12 Adventure Book tickets: $8.25-$9.50

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $147.84
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $578.23


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $2.23

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $8.81

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. Star Wars 
  2. Smokey and the Bandit 
  3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 
  4. The Goodbye Girl 
  5. Saturday Night Fever 

 

49th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: Rocky
  • Best Director: John G. Avildsen – Rocky
  • Best Actor: Peter Finch – Network
  • Best Actress: Faye Dunaway – Network
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jason Robards – All the President’s Men
  • Best Supporting Actress: Beatrice Straight – Network


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Laverne & Shirley – ABC – 23,036,400
  2. Happy Days – ABC – 22,890,600
  3. Three’s Company – ABC – 20,630,700
  4. 60 Minutes – CBS – 17,787,600
  5. Charlie’s Angels – ABC – 17,787,600
  6. All in the Family – CBS – 17,787,600
  7. Little House on the Prairie – NBC – 17,568,900
  8. Alice – CBS – 16,912,800
  9. M*A*S*H – CBS – 16,912,800
  10. One Day at a Time – CBS – 16,767,000

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1.  Rod Stewart – Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright)
  2. Andy Gibb – I Just Want To Be Your Everything
  3. Emotions – Best Of My Love
  4. Barbra Streisand – Love Theme From “A Star Is Born”
  5. Hot – Angel In Your Arms
  6. Kenny Nolan – I Like Dreamin’
  7. Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way
  8. Rita Coolidge – (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher
  9. Alan O’Day Undercover Angel
  10. Mary MacGregor – Torn Between Two Lovers
  11. K.C. and The Sunshine Band – I’m Your Boogie Man
  12. ABBA – Dancing Queen
  13. Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
  14. Jimmy Buffett – Margaritaville
  15. Electric Light Orchestra – Telephone Line
  16. Pablo Cruise – Whatcha Gonna Do?
  17. Peter McCann – Do You Wanna Make Love?
  18. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
  19. Eagles – Hotel California
  20. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up, Pt. 1


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Broken Down In Tiny Pieces – Billy “Crash” Craddock
  2. You Never Miss A Real Good Thing – Crystal Gayle
  3. I Can’t Believe She Gives It All To Me – Conway Twitty
  4. Let My Love Be Your Pillow – Ronnie Milsap
  5. Near You – George Jones & Tammy Wynette
  6. Moody Blue – Elvis Presley
  7. Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow – Tom Jones
  8. Heart Healer – Mel Tillis
  9. She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory – Charley Pride
  10. Southern Nights – Glen Campbell
  11. Lucille – Kenny Rogers
  12. It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better – Johnny Duncan
  13. She’s Got You – Loretta Lynn
  14. She’s Pulling Me Back Again – Mickey Gilley
  15. Play, Guitar Play – Conway Twitty
  16. Some Broken Hearts Never Mend – Don Williams
  17. Luckenbach, Texas – Waylon Jennings
  18. That Was Yesterday – Donna Fargo
  19. I’ll Be Leaving Alone – Charley Pride
  20. It Was Almost Like A Song – Ronnie Milsap


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: North Carolina

ACC Basketball Champs: North Carolina (UNC 75 – Virginia 69)

World Series Winner: New York Yankees over the LA Dodgers

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Muhammad Ali

Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders (Raiders 32 – Minnesota Vikings 14)

NASCAR Season WinnerCale Yarborough

Masters Winner: Tom Watson (12 under – won $40,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: Sweden Björn Borg defeated United States Jimmy Connors, 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
  • Women’s Singles: United Kingdom Virginia Wade defeated Netherlands Betty Stöve, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1
  • Men’s Doubles: Australia Ross Case / Australia Geoff Masters defeated Australia John Alexander / Australia Phil Dent, 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 8–9(4–7), 6–4
  • Women’s Doubles: Australia Helen Gourlay Cawley / United States JoAnne Russell defeated Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 6–3, 6–3
  • Mixed Doubles: South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Greer Stevens defeated South Africa Frew McMillan / Netherlands Betty Stöve, 3–6, 7–5, 6–4