• Gary Gilmore, is shot to death by a firing squad in Utah, becoming the first person to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated.
• The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden flight above the Mojave Desert.
• Crude oil from Alaska begins flowing south down the trans-Alaska pipeline.
• A plane crash in Mississippi with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd on board kills four.
• The Last execution by guillotine in France.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• T.V.: Roots, Captain & Tennille, Donnie & Marie and Hee-Haw, and American Bandstand turned 25 years old.
• MOVIES: Star Wars, Annie Hall, & The Goodbye Girl, Saturday Night Fever
• Victoria’s Secret, and Sharper Image stores appeared
• Apple introduces the Apple II computer.
• Elvis Presley: January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977
• Charlie Chaplin: April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977.
• Freddie Prinze: June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977.
• Guy Lombardo: June 19, 1902 – November 5, 1977.
• By mid-decade the Eagles had already released a greatest hits album!
• It is the first Eagles album without founding member Bernie Leadon and the first album with Joe Walsh.
• It is also the last album featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner. (He would be replaced by Timothy B. Schmit, coincidentally the same bassist who replaced him in Poco.)
• According to Glenn Frey's liner notes for The Very Best of Eagles, the use of the word "steely" in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "Everything You Did."
• The Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for Hotel California and it would propel them back to #1 for the second time that year.
• Here Are The Eagles with “Hotel California” your #1 @ 1 from May 1977.