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Step back in time: to 1977

Welcome back to the 70s; 1977 marked the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, and all over the country people were reflecting on past, present and future.

Enormous technological advances were transforming every aspect of life, and politically things were in flux. Young people were embracing the new and the now, taking new opportunities and experimenting with fashion, music, art and more.

Modern life as we know it was beginning to take shape. Grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1977…

Pop Culture

Popular Culture offers a glimpse into the lives of people and the big and little things that made up the everyday. Here’s a snapshot of life and pop culture in 1977.

The Ford Fiesta goes on sale in the UK for the first time.

Critically acclaimed film Star Wars is screened in British cinemas for the first time.

The number of colour television licences surpass black and white licences for the first time.

Elvis Presley is found dead at his home in Memphis Tennessee at the age of 42 from a suspected drug overdose.

In the News

Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that made headlines in the UK and around the globe in 1977. 

Police launch an appeal for help in finding the “Yorkshire Ripper” who is believed to be behind a series of murders and attempted in Yorkshire.

Silver Jubilee celebrations are held in the UK to celebrate twenty-five years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.

Double-digit inflation holds in the UK for the forth successive year. In 1977 inflation stands at 15.8%.

Sports

From big upsets to big wins, here are some of the most significant moments to take place in sport in 1977.

Red Rum wins the Grand National championship. This marks the horse’s third Grand National title.

Liverpool F.C are named English league champions, for the 10th time.

British tennis player Virginia Wade wins the women’s single title at Wimbledon, the last British woman to have done so since.

Famous Births

Some big personalities came into the world in 1977. Here’s a few of the famous faces born this year.

Music

Nothing takes us back like music; these were some of the best-selling artists and most popular songs on the radio in 1977.

Darts – Daddy Cool/The Girl Can’t Help It

The Crunch – The RAH Band

Black Betty – Ram Jam

Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better

ABBA – Knowing Me, Knowing You

Rod Stewart – The First Cut Is The Deepest

 

What were you doing in 1977? Share your memories in the comments below!

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