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  • President Jimmy Carter is inaugurated as the 39th President of the United States; pardons Vietnam War draft evaders in the same year.   

  • Elvis Presley is found dead at his home in Graceland at the age of 42.  

  • The bands the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Talking Heads and Motorhead release their debut albums. The bands the B-52's, Black Flag, INXS, Whitesnake, Def Leppard and X form.   

  • Stevie Wonder wins the Album of the Year Grammy Award for Songs in the Key of Life.   

  • The television shows "Three's Company," "Fantasy Island," "Eight is Enough," "CHiPs," "The Love Boat," "Soap" and "Lou Grant" debut.   

  • ABC broadcasts the TV miniseries "Roots" -- setting ratings records.  

  • Comedian Bill Murray becomes new cast member of "Saturday Night Live."  

  • A private plane crash kills three band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.   

  • Celebrity deaths include Anaïs Nin, Freddie Prinze, Joan Crawford, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, and Charlie Chaplin.  

  • The first Apple II computer debuts.   

  • The New York City Blackout of 1977 lasts for 25 hours, resulting in mass looting.   

  • United States Senate Hearing on CIA mind-control research program Project MKULTRA begins.   

  • David Berkowitz, otherwise known as the serial killer the Son of Sam, is captured after one year of murders in New York City.   

  • Cost of a movie ticket is $2.23, while gas is .62 a gallon. A first class stamp is .13.   

  • New York Yankees win the World Series with help from Reggie Jackson who hits 3 home runs and earns the nickname "Mr. October."   

  • Top-grossing films: Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Smokey and the Bandit, King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and A Star is Born.   

  • Other films released: Annie Hall, Eraserhead, Oh, God! , Orca, Pete's Dragon, The Goodbye Girl, The Rescuers, The Spy Who Loved Me, Pumping Iron and Carrie.   

  • Annie Hall wins Oscar for Best Picture, and Woody Allen wins for Best Director.   

  • Atari develops the Game Brain -- the first Atari system to use cartridges. Cinematronics releases Space Wars, the first vector-graphics arcade game. Mattel releases Missile Attack, the first handheld LED display electronic game.   

  • Hit songs:
    "Heroes" - David Bowie
    "We Are the Champions" - Queen
    "Watching the Detectives" - Elvis Costello
    "Carry on My Wayward Son" - Kansas
    "Go Your Own Way" - Fleetwood Mac
    "God Save the Queen" - Sex Pistols
    "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett
    "Nobody Does It Better" - Carly Simon
    "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" - The Ramones
    "You Light Up My Life" - Debby Boone
    "Dancing Queen" - ABBA