Shortly after taking office, President Carter stressed his human rights agenda by cutting off aid to Argentina, Ethiopia and Uruguay.
President Carter announced an unconditional pardon to Viet Nam War draft evaders.
42,000 pages of FBI material on the assassination of President Kennedy was made public. There were few new facts in the highly-censored materials.
Over 150 inches of snow fell in a rapid series of crippling blizzards in the northeastern U.S.
7,700,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a grounded tanker off Nantucket, Massachusetts.
In the first presidential radio talk show, 9 million people attempted to call President Carter. Only 40 got through.
The Carter administration created the Department Of Energy and called for voluntary cutbacks on energy use.
Oldsmobile introduced America's first diesel-fueled passenger car.
Jaqueline Means became the Episcopal Church's first female priest.
The Li'l Abner comic strip came to an end after 70 years in syndication.
Two of America's most popular singers died in 1977. Governor Ray Blanton of Tennessee confirmed that Elvis Presley had died of a heart attack at Graceland on August 16th. Two months later, Bing Crosby died at age 73.
Woody Allen's Annie Hall earned three Academy Awards. Saturday Night Fever was released and became one of 1978's biggest hits. Star Wars and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind were the year's biggest box office draws.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended its 7-year run.
Hit tunes included Rich Girl by Hall & Oates, Dancing Queen by Abba, Car Wash by Rose Royce, Evergreen by Barbra Streisand, Hotel California by the Eagles, You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer. The Grammy for Album Of The Year went to Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.