So here in retro land it's finally 1977. So what happened this year? Well here's a brief summary for the UK
January The first ever Ford Fiesta is sold in the UK.
Clive Sinclair launches a 2 inch TV set.
April Red Rum wins the Grand National for the third time.
The Snooker World Championship is shown on TV for the first time.
May HMS Invincible launched (sent for scrap in 2016)
Liverpool win the First Division and Man Utd win the FA Cup beating Liverpool, who make up for the loss by winning the European Cup for the first time.
The Queens Silver Jubilee celebrations are started in this month.
June Wimbledon FC are elected to the Football League.
August Geoff Boycott scores his 100th century in the Ashes test at Headingly.
The new smaller £1 note is introduced.
September Marc Bolan is killed in a car crash
Freddie Laker's budget Skytrain to America ia launched.
November BA launch a regular supersonic flight to New York with Concorde
December Star Wars is screened in the UK
Throughout the year the Yorkshire Ripper is on his killing spree.
Colour TV licences are more expensive that Black and White ones for the first time ever.
Born this year (UK) Orlando Bloom (Actor)
Chris Martin (Singer)
Sarah Storey (Swimmer/Cyclist)
Died this year (UK) Anthony Eden (former Prime Minister)
Marc Bolan (Singer)
Charlie Chaplin (Actor)
Funny i can remember where and when i was when i first heard Marc Bolan had died, but not so Elvis, whose demise for some reason didn't really seem to impact on me that much. I was queuing up in school to get into a classroom when someone told us the news about Marc and it was truly shocking. He wasn't the force he was in the early 70s after 3 years or so of almost nothing, but he certainly gained new younger fans with his ITV show Marc, which aired in the late summer of 77.
Yes I remember Elvis Presley dying. It was announced as a late news item on the News at Ten on ITV in a real laissez faire approach. The presenter went "oh we just have some news in that the singer Elvis Presley has died". It did not impact on me at all but Mom was really sad and the next day Radio 1 just played his songs continuously and I was so angry because Donna Summer was still No.1 and I wanted to hear that. It was like the world had ended for some. The village had a surreal atmosphere to it.
I cannot remember Marc Bolan passing away at all which I find unusual because I really liked his music. Maybe it was because like Ryan I was at school. No one in my class even commented on it.
Everywhere, wherever you look, manipulation rearing it's head.
The bar I frequented in those days was shocked over Elvis and after it closed we went to someone's home and listened to records all night. We left at 5 as we had to get some sleep before work. Saw the Queen when I went to lunch from an office in Bristol. The opening moments of Starwars , in a big cinema, were stunning. Nothing like it had ever been seen. Great year.