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  • U.S.
    Wednesday Aug 10, 1977

    Robin Williams

    First film role

    U.S.
    Wednesday Aug 10, 1977

    The first film role credited to Robin Williams is a small part in the 1977 low-budget comedy Can I Do It... 'Til I Need Glasses?.




  • Abadan, Iran
    Thursday Aug 18, 1977

    Iranian Revolution

    Cinema Rex fire

    Abadan, Iran
    Thursday Aug 18, 1977

    On 19 August, in the southwestern city of Abadan, four arsonists barred the door of the Cinema Rex movie theatre and set it on fire. In what was the largest terrorist attack in history prior to the 11 September 2001 attacks, 422 people inside the theatre were burned to death. Khomeini immediately blamed the Shah and SAVAK for setting the fire. Due to the pervasive revolutionary atmosphere, the public also blamed the Shah for starting the fire, despite the government's insistence that they were uninvolved.




  • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Friday Aug 19, 1977

    Rosa Parks

    Her Husband's Death

    Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Friday Aug 19, 1977

    Her husband died of throat cancer on August 19, 1977, and her brother, her only sibling, died of cancer that November. Her personal ordeals caused her to become removed from the civil rights movement.




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