1977 in the United Kingdom

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Events from the year 1977 in the United Kingdom. This is the Queen's Silver Jubilee Year.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • 6–9 June - Jubilee celebrations are held in the United Kingdom to celebrate twenty-five years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, with a public holiday on 7 June.[13]
  • 17 June - Wimbledon F.C., champions of the Isthmian League, are elected to the Football League in place of Workington in the Fourth Division.[14]
  • 20 June
    • Anglia Television broadcasts the fake documentary "Alternative 3". It enters into the conspiracy theory canon.
    • Seventeen people are arrested during clashes between pickets and police at the Grunwick film processing laboratory.
  • 26 June – 16-year-old shop assistant Jayne McDonald is found battered and stabbed to death in Chapeltown, Leeds; police believe she is the fifth person to be murdered by the Yorkshire Ripper.[15]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September – Ford launches the second generation of its popular Granada top-of-the-range model.
  • 6 September – Car industry figures show that foreign cars are outselling British-built ones for the first time. Japanese built Datsuns, German Volkswagens and French Renaults are proving particularly popular with buyers, although British-built products from Ford, British Leyland, Vauxhall and Chrysler UK are still the most popular.
  • 16 September - Rock star Marc Bolan, pioneer of the glam rock movement at the start of the 1970s with T. Rex, is killed in a car crash in Barnes, London, two weeks before his 30th birthday. His girlfriend Gloria Jones, the driver of the car, is seriously injured.
  • 19 September – Manchester United, the English FA Cup holders, are expelled from the European Cup Winners' Cup after their fans rioted in France during a first round first leg game with AS Saint-Etienne (which ended in a 1-1 draw) five days ago.[27]
  • 26 September
    • Freddie Laker launches his new budget Skytrain airline, with the first single fare from Gatwick to New York costing £59 - compared to the normal price of £186.
    • UEFA reinstates Manchester United to the European Cup Winners' Cup on appeal. However, they are ordered to play their return leg against AS Saint-Etienne at least 120 miles away from their Old Trafford stadium.[28]

October[edit]

  • 3 October – Undertakers go on strike in London, leaving more than 800 corpses unburied.
  • 10 October – Missing 20-year-old prostitute Jean Jordan is found dead in Chorlton, Manchester, nine days after she was last seen alive. Police believe that the Yorkshire Ripper may have killed her; the first crime outside Yorkshire which the killer has been suspected of.[29]
  • 14 October – Fourteen people are injured in a bomb explosion at a London pub.
  • 25 October – Michael Edwardes succeeds Richard Dobson as chief of British Leyland.
  • 27 October
  • 28 October – Police in Yorkshire appeal for help in finding the Yorkshire Ripper, who is believed to be responsible for a series of murders and attacks on women across the county during the last two years.

November[edit]

December[edit]

Undated[edit]

  • Inflation has fallen slightly this year to 15.8%, but it is the fourth successive year that has seen double digit inflation.[47]
  • Colour television licences exceed black and white licences for the first time in the U.K.

Publications[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols". BBC News. 6 January 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
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  6. ^ "1977: Hat trick for Red Rum". BBC News. 2 April 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
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  16. ^ "1977: Manchester United sack manager". BBC News. 4 July 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  17. ^ "Maureen Long". The Yorkshire Ripper. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "1977: Gay paper guilty of blasphemy". BBC News. 11 July 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  19. ^ "Donald George Revie OBE". England Football Online. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  20. ^ "Sexton joins United – in 30 seconds". Glasgow Herald. 15 July 1977. p. 1. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Chrysler Sunbeam: rushed supermini to champion rally car". Rootes-Chrysler.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Finance Act 1977, section 56.
  23. ^ "1977: Tight security for Queen's Irish visit". BBC News. 10 August 1977. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  24. ^ "Thirty years on from the first £1m transfer Sportsmail looks at the record-breakers". Daily Mail (London). 6 February 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
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  33. ^ "The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 1977". Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  34. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1977". Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
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  40. ^ The Guinness Book of Records.
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  44. ^ ITV and the BFI quote a figure of 21.3 million. "Features | Britain's Most Watched TV | 1970s". BFI. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  45. ^ Moran, Joe (22 March 2011). "One nation Christmas television". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  46. ^ "1977: Star Wars fever hits Britain". BBC News. 27 December 1977. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2008. 
  47. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/research/rp99/rp99-020.pdf[dead link]
  48. ^ Parsons, Nicholas (1985). The Book of Literary Lists. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-283-99171-2. 

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