Media

1977

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  • The Voice unionizes. Employees vote to accept the first labor contract between employees and management. Employees are now represented by District 65 of the Distributive Workers of America (now part of the United Auto Workers Union).
  • Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. buys majority stake in New York Magazine Company, the Voice‘s parent company, in a deal with major stockholders. Fifty-seven editors, writers and photographers sign a statement of protest.
  • The Village Voice names William J. Ryan president and CEO and Steven Blacker is named Publisher.
  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is named best album in the Pazz & Jop Music Critics poll.
  • Danny Aiello wins the Obie Award for best performance for his role in Gemini.
  • The Village Voice endorses Mario Cuomo for Governor.
  • Studio 54 opens at the height of disco fever; John Travolta dances off in Saturday Night Fever.
  • A citywide blackout caused by a lightening strike results in massive chaos, costing the city more than $300 million. More than 1,600 stores are damaged in looting and rioting, 1,000 fires burn, and 3,776 people are arrested in the largest mass arrest in city history.
  • Serial killer David Berkowitz, better known as the Son of Sam, is arrested outside his Yonkers apartment. He is sentenced to 365 years in prison for the killing of six people and wounding of several others.